The Patchogue Fire Department received more than $74,000 in federal funds to update its radio systems and biohazard equipment, federal officials said last week.
The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
“This investment will be a big help to the Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance Company, better equipping our first responders to quickly and safely respond to emergencies,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a news release. “These funds will also guarantee that our local heroes will be able to purchase this equipment and improve their level of service to the community.”
Schumer and fellow Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced the grant.
“This funding will help equip the Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance Company with the tools necessary to save lives,” Gillibrand said.
Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance director Paul Pearo said the department was “deeply appreciative.”
“It will enable us to equip our dedicated EMS staff and volunteers with the most up-to-date biohazard Protection,” Pearo said in a statement. “It will also support much needed upgrades to our radio systems, providing for greater regional interoperability, federal compliance and operational effectiveness. We respond to over 2,500 calls per year and this grant will greatly benefit our staff and volunteers as well as the community we serve.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides federal funding to first responder organizations for personal protective equipment, firefighting vehicles, emergency response equipment and emergency response training.