The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on everyone and especially our first responders. There are a few Capital Region fire departments that will be getting some much needed financial help from federal funding. As we know, our first responders are on the front lines whether it be to fight fires, respond to a car accident, and especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Federal funding has been secured to help fire departments in New York state and three have been selected here in the Capital Region.

According to Spectrum News, senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer announced that three-point three million dollars has been secured in funding for five Upstate New York Fire Departments. Three are right here in the Capital Region.

The three Capital Region fire departments receiving the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are Troy, Watervliet, and Fulton. Troy will receive four hundred thousand dollars. Watervliet will be getting four hundred and fifty thousand dollars and Fulton Fire Department will be receiving one hundred and twelve thousand dollars.

In a press release, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said this of the funding:

"I am proud to have fought for this critical funding in support of New York’s local fire departments. These federal dollars will help offset costs from the COVID-19 emergency and modernize equipment that will protect our firefighters’ health and safety as they do their jobs. I will always fight in the Senate for the resources that our firefighters need to save lives.”

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