Maloney Announces Nearly $8,000 Federal Investment in Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced a federal investment of $7,554 to Town of Newburgh Emergency Services to allow emergency medical staff to purchase pagers. The award was made as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, and the Town of Newburgh will match 25% of the award locally.
“This investment will allow our emergency medical personnel to improve communications and get on-scene faster,” said Rep. Maloney. “My neighbors in Newburgh should rest easier knowing that first responders will be able to respond more rapidly to emergency situations – which in a dangerous scenario can be the difference between life or death.”
“The Town of Newburgh Emergency Medical Services will use the grant money awarded to us to purchase new pagers for our volunteer personal,” said Newburgh Emergency Medical Services President Nyx Conklin. “These pagers will alert the members when an emergency call is placed in our district. This will assist us with having our volunteers answer more calls in the future. As of last year our agency answered 2500 calls in our district. We are among the top three highest call volumes in Orange County. We would like to express our gratitude for awarding us with the grant.”
Earlier this month, Rep. Maloney sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee calling for an allocation of $405 million to fund the AFG Program in the fiscal year 2018 budget.
The AFG Program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is 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. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2001, the AFG Program has provided approximately $6.7 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training. The AFG program will award another $310.5 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.