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Federal grants available for fire departments

The Amityville Volunteer Fire Department was organized into

The Amityville Volunteer Fire Department was organized into a village department in 1905 under fire chief Milford Ketcham and became one of the first in Suffolk County to use motorized fire trucks. The file photo taken on June 5, 2011 shows the firehouse. Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

Local fire departments can apply until Sept. 9 for federal grants intended to help firefighters and first responders.

The fiscal year 2011 application period of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program opened Monday.

“During tough times like these when local funding is at record lows, these grants can help Long Island fire departments get the equipment and staffing they need to keep our communities safe,” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) said in a statement. “I encourage every fire department in my district to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Since 2001, the program has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources. Grants are made on a competitive basis to rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the country.

Last year, the villages of East Rockaway and Floral Park received more than $200,000 total for their fire departments to improve operations and safety.

For more information, local fire departments should contact Jessica Montgomery in McCarthy’s district office at (516) 739-3008 or jessica.montgomery@mail.house.gov.

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