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Maloney and Local Officials Announce $200,000 Investment in New Life-Saving Equipment for Carmel Volunteer Fire Department

May 28, 2014
Press Release

Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), State Senator Greg Ball and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced the Carmel Fire Department will receive a $203,965 investment for new life-saving equipment. This investment through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program will replace outdated equipment with the purchase of 38 new breathing apparatuses, a device worn by first responders to provide breathable air in life-threatening conditions. The Carmel Fire Department relies on 50 volunteer members and has served the Carmel community for 99 years.

“Our volunteer firefighters risk their lives to protect our neighbors – this investment for the Carmel Fire Department gives our all-volunteer force the support they need to continue keeping our homes, businesses and schools safe,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

“Congressman Maloney delivers again! The Congressman is to be applauded for helping this awesome organization. I am beyond grateful for all that the Carmel Fire Department does for the community, for very little in return. As a volunteer force, they are more than deserving of this funding. I commend them for their work and I thank Congressman Maloney for his work in securing this funding,” said Senator Greg Ball.

“My thanks go to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Sen. Greg Ball for helping to procure this grant for the Carmel Fire Department. Taxpayers’ dollars are always well spent when used to purchase life-saving equipment for our firefighters. The Carmel Fire Department has been an integral member of our emergency responder community for decades and these men and women who often risk their lives keeping others safe, deserve to have these new breathable air devices,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

“On behalf of Chairman of the Board Michael Hengel, Chief Vinnie Ruggiero and myself we are very thankful for the grant being awarded to the Carmel Fire Department, Inc. for the replacement cost of the breathing apparatus. This federal investment lessens the burden on our local taxpayers and guarantees our firefighters have the tools necessary to do their jobs as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Carmel Fire Department, Inc. President John Mulreany. 

The Assistance to Firefighters 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.  More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at https://www.firegrantsupport.com/