Lowey Announces $182,975 SAFER Grant for Village of Haverstraw Fire Department

September 12, 2018
Press Release

HAVERSTRAW, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced the awarding of $182,975 to the Village of Haverstraw Fire Department for firefighter recruitment. The grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.

“I am thrilled the Village Fire Department will benefit from this $182,975 federal grant, which will help ensure we have the personnel necessary to keep our community safe,” said Lowey. “As the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal funding allocations, I will continue to secure these vital resources for our emergency personnel so that they are prepared when emergencies strike.”

“The Village of Haverstraw and the Haverstraw Fire Department are excited to receive this SAFER grant of nearly $183,000 from the Department of Homeland Security,” said Village of Haverstraw Mayor Mike Kohut. “Recruitment and Retention are perhaps the hardest and most pressing issues facing today’s volunteer fire service, both locally and nationally. With this award, the Haverstraw Fire Department can tailor a firefighter training program that suits the needs of our new and existing members, and allows them to learn in a setting that is conducive to their individual needs. If successful, we feel we can increase and bolster our membership with well trained, next generation firefighters eager to protect the people of the Village of Haverstraw and our mutual aid partners. Both the Village and the Haverstraw Fire Department are thankful to the Federal Government and Congresswoman Lowey for supporting our efforts at building a stronger department.”

The SAFER program is a federal funding initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. The program provides funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities.