A special firefighters grant has helped fund much needed equipment for the Milan Fire Department.  According to a report in the Poughkeepsie Journal, U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the federal funding was obtained through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grand Program.

The grant was able to give the volunteer fire department $130, 952 in funds.  Milan will purchase 20 new self-continued breathing apparatus units.  Fire Chief Mark Sardaro said the funds came at the most critical time.  The chief says during the most recent fire call, they had one of their air packs fail.  With the district’s current financial situation and the tax caps imposed, without the grant there would be no way to purchase the new air packs with the grant.

The firefighter’s grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants.   This is just one of a number of grants that the Senators were able to secure for districts throughout New York State.