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Funding awarded to Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Dept.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Updated: 1:58 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Friday, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced nearly $500,000 in federal funding for Capital Region fire departments. Among the departments awarded funding was Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department.

Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department will receive $56,905 in federal funding to purchase new extrication equipment to save more people who are trapped in vehicles. The new rescue tools will include cutters and spreaders to better extract people from vehicles as well as stabilization struts, to help stabilize vehicles in emergency situations.

The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need. 

“These much-needed federal funds will help six Capital Region fire departments invest in the equipment and training they need to do their jobs effectively and save lives,” said Senator Schumer. “Making sure the brave men and women that serve in our fire departments have the resources they need has always been a top priority of mine. Our first responders are our local heroes and primary line of defense -- they safeguard our residents and protect our property. That is why it is absolutely crucial that we provide them with the cutting-edge resources and equipment they need to continue their important, life-saving work.”

“These are important investments for the Capital Region,” said Senator Gillibrand. “When our first responders go into harm’s way, we need to make sure they have the most up-to-date equipment to save lives and protect themselves. This funding will provide the tools these first responders need to better serve their communities and keep families safe.”

More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at


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