Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, Wednesday announced a $280,000 federal grant for the Village of Spring Valley's firefighters. The grant is being awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The funds can be utilized to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, emergency medical service programs, fire prevention and safety programs, and purchase new fire equipment.
“At a time when the senseless across-the-board budget cuts are reducing funding for first responders and law enforcement, I am happy that the Department of Homeland Security is able to provide this critical support to our first responders in Spring Valley that will help make our community safer,” said Lowey.
The AFG program administered by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Grants and Training awards grants directly to local fire departments and Emergency Medical Services organizations (EMS).