VALHALLA, N.Y. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program has awarded a $29,080 grant to the Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps for two mechanical CPR devices.
“Having the right equipment aboard ambulances can mean the difference between life and death,” said U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, (D-Westchester). “This federal grant will allow Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps staff to perform multiple lifesaving techniques during emergencies. We must ensure our first responders have the equipment necessary to perform their critical public service. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue protecting investments that improve the ability of emergency personnel to save lives.”
Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps will use the grant to acquire two mechanical CPR devices – one for each of its ambulances – that perform cardiac compressions, allowing the ambulance staff to perform other lifesaving techniques. In 2014, the Corps received more than 700 calls.
"We are pleased to be the recipient of this lifesaving equipment," said Valhalla Volunteer Ambulance Corps Capt. Steven Marello.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency and an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation’s overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. The grants are awarded directly to fire departments and non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations.