More than $530,000 in funding was awarded Monday to fire departments in Rexford and Duanesburg to purchase new equipment, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced.
The money comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
The Rexford Fire District is to receive just over $150,000 of the money to replace 25 self-contained breathing apparatus and 50 apparatus cylinders, the senators said in a release.
The air packs help firefighters breathe while they are in burning buildings or hazardous environments. The Rexford district also plans to purchase an air tank filling system.
The Duanesburg Fire District is to receive more than $387,000 to purchase both the breathing apparatus and cylinders. The Duanesburg district funding will cover four fire departments.
The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need.