Stephanie GiangAug 10, 2018, 12:30 pmAug 10, 2018, 4:59 pm

FEMA awards Fairview Fire District $275K grant

New grant provides funds to Fairview personnel to train, become certified paramedics

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Fairview Fire District in Poughkeepsie has received a new grant that will be used to support the firefighters in the area. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced the award and said a total of $275,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being invested into the district.

"I’m proud to deliver this investment that will ensure the folks at the Fairview fire district have got the resources necessary to make the city and surrounding communities in Duchess County Safer," Maloney said.

Chief of the Fairview Fire District Christopher Maeder said the grant will provide funding for Fairview personnel to attend training in an effort to become New York state certified paramedics. Maeder said the grant has a one year performance period.

"It will be for six personnel. It'll include their tuition, books, and their salary and overtime to cover their shifts when they're not able to work," Maeder said. "It's going to impact the community. It'll allow our personnel to provide the highest quality EMS that live in our community, travel in our community and work in our community.”

Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has provided more than $7 billion to first-responder organizations across the country.

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