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Greenport Fire District to receive grants

HUDSON - The Greenport Fire Department is the recipient of federal grant money, funding new vital equipment for first responders.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday that the Greenport Fire District in Hudson will receive $228,000 in federal grants.

The Greenport Fire District plans to use this funding to purchase approximately 50 new self-contained breathing apparatus, replacing the department’s current SCBAs date from the 90's due to age and lack of replacement parts.

"On behalf of the firefighters, residents & taxpayers of the Town of Greenport, the Greenport Fire Department is extremely happy and thankful to FEMA for their award of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant," Greenport Fire District Chief Gary Mazzacano said. "This grant will be used to purchase new updated Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) which will replace ones that have been in service over 12 years and are at least 2 NFPA standards behind. The new SCBA's will significantly improve the safety of our firefighters. The grant will also be a substantial savings to the taxpayers. Our thanks to Senators Gillibrand, Schumer and Congressman Gibson for all their support in this important endeavor."

Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need.
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