HYDE PARK – The Roosevelt Fire District in Hyde Park will get a needed financial shot in the arm from the federal Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
The funds, appropriated through the CARES Act, will allow the fire department to buy supplemental personal protective equipment to ensure that the firefighters can protect the community as safely and effectively as possible.
Fire Chief Lew Darrow said the money will be used to protect firefighters who respond to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our rescue squad had responded to hundreds of alarms using the minimum gear we had and with the added funds we can now purchase much better personal protective equipment to be used.”
Congressman Antonio Delgado (D, NY-19), who announced the grant, said, “The brave men and women of the Roosevelt Fire District run towards danger every day” and the federal funding will help the department buy improved PPE and keep them safe while fighting fires.