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The Troy Fire Department faced staffing issues which impacted its ability to respond to day-to-day emergencies and Schenectady faced similar equipment shortages.

Senators say the funding will be used to ensure every Schenectady firefighter has their own personal radio for emergencies and will train the Troy firefighter to become certified paramedics to help build community safety.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $1 million in federal funding for the City of Troy and Schenectady Fire Departments. Specifically, the Troy Fire Department will receive $702,545 and the Schenectady Fire Department will receive $417,032. The senators said it would directly help address staffing shortages at the Troy Fire Department and give Schenectady firefighters the critical equipment they need to stay safe while fighting fires. Funding was provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Firefighters Assistance (AFG) program.

“From the peak of the pandemic to battling a fire, our brave firefighters in the Capital Region are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities. It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the training and equipment they need to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Schumer. “That’s why I’m proud to offer this $1 million federal boost to our brave heroes in the Capital Region to become certified paramedics and give them the equipment they need. to stay safe and be prepared for any emergency.

“New York firefighters are risking their lives to keep us safe” said Senator Gillibrand. “We owe it to them to make sure they have the resources and the equipment they need to do their job. I am proud to provide this federal funding to address personnel and equipment shortages in the Troy and Schenectady Fire Departments and will continue to fight to bring funds and resources to our brave firefighters.

Troy Fire Department Chief Eric McMahon said: “This grant will fund the training of firefighters to paramedic level. This funding could not have come at a better time. As several news outlets have reported, the city of Troy is struggling to hire certified paramedics. Through Senator Schumer’s office, this funding will be used to train paramedics to provide the highest level of patient care for citizens and visitors to the city of Troy.

Schenectady Fire Department Chief Donald Mareno said“The Schenectady Fire Department is grateful to have received funding from the 2021 FEMA AFG program. The responsibility and safety of all of our members is of the utmost importance. A radio that can track their movements and pinpoint their exact location will provide a level of security that we have sought for many years.”

The senators explained that the funding will be used to purchase portable radios to ensure that the 112 firefighters in the city of Schenectady will have their own personal radio to provide safety and seamless communication in the event of an emergency. In Troy, the funding will be used to train their firefighters to become Certified Emergency Medical Technicians, which will significantly enhance the departments’ abilities to respond to emergencies, keep the community safe, and directly address the current workforce crisis. .

The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who best meet program priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information about the AFG program can be found here.


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