BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- The Briarcliff Manor Fire Department received a $167,451 grant from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which will allow for an on-site oxygen system, mobile data terminal and pagers.
U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland, ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced the grant Tuesday, July 8.
“Improving response times and opening communication channels enhances the ability of Hudson Valley first responders to keep our communities safe,” said Lowey. “We need to do all we can to ensure that firefighters who are performing a critical public service – like those at the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department – have the resources they need to save lives. In my role as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, I will ensure that these important services continue to receive federal funding.”
The grant will improve the department’s response time by offering an oxygen fill station at the firehouse and enabling real-time communication to all response vehicles and 80 dual-channel pagers during emergency calls.
“The SCBA Compressor System, mobile data terminals and personal pagers will bring our fire department and ambulance services into the 21st century, giving us new capabilities and improving old ones,” said Briarcliff Manor Fire Chief Robert O'Hanlon, Jr. “As chief, I could not be more proud of the 138 volunteer members of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department for their dedication and support for the community.”
AFG is a Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency program. AFG grants are awarded directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to improve their ability to protect the public and first-responder employees.