Fire protection is one of those basic functions that people expect from their government. Unfortunately, there are many municipalities all over the Empire State that don't have the full funding to provide for a full fire department. Because of that, coupled with several other factors, lots of areas around New York State depend on Volunteer Fire Companies to be available when people are in need.

While the need for volunteer firefighters is growing daily, there is an increasing shortage of people who are willing and able to volunteer to serve their communities and offer fire protection to their neighbors.

With so many volunteer fire departments struggling to recruit people, New York State is providing financial assistance to help train and retain volunteers.

New York State Giving $35 Million To Help Volunteer Fire Companies

With more than 9 million New Yorkers statewide depending on volunteer fire companies, including a majority of Western New Yorkers, these new grants will go a long way to help companies recruit and train volunteers.

The volunteer firefighters of New York are selfless public servants who put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe.. This funding will go a long way in reminding those who continue to serve that we will always support them in any and every way we can.
-Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York

Volunteer fire companies and firefighters are now able to apply for stipends to help defray or reimburse the costs of training, equipment, PPE, and other expenses. Fire companies will also be able to apply for funds to upgrade their facilities and training centers.

In all, this seems like it could go towards a positive use since so many of us need volunteer fire companies everyday.

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