Ithaca Fire Department is one of the recipients of a FEMA grant that will help with operations and safety, according to Rep. Tom Reed’s office. IFD will be getting $22,637 in funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
“Our local fire departments must have the funds necessary to operate safely and efficiently. I was happy to provide a letter in support of the City of Ithaca Fire Department to encourage FEMA to distribute this important funding,” Reed said in a statement.
The AFG program is part of “a coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards,” says the release from Reed’s office. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards, according to FEMA.
Some 1,886 awards were issued by FEMA’s AFG program in 2016. Final statistics aren’t yet available for 2017.