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Poughkeepsie Uses $1M Grant To Hire 7 New Firefighters

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced Friday that the city has been able to hire seven new firefighters thanks to a federal grant. Photo Credit: File
U.S. Rep.Sean Patrick Maloney announced Friday that Poughkeepsie has been able to hire seven new firefighters thanks to a federal grant. Photo Credit: congress.gov

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Poughkeepsie has hired seven new firefighters thanks to a federal grant, Mayor Rob Rolison and U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced Friday, according to a report by Time Warner Cable News.

Money for the firefighters – four of whom are already on duty – came from the Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, program, the Time Warner Cable News story said.

When the $959,455 grant was announced last summer by U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Poughkeepsie fire chief Mark W. Johnson said the much-needed financial assistance wouldn’t have been possible without Schumer’s and Maloney’s help.

According to Schumer’s office, Poughkeepsie’s fire department supports a community of 33,000 people and responds to more than 5,000 calls a year.

The funding will not only alleviate understaffing, Schumer said then, but will increase efficiency and first responder safety “by fielding a full response team” and by bringing the department up to National Fire Protection Association standards, Schumer said.

The grant had hit a bump in the initial application process, but Maloney jumped in to help, the Time Warner Cable story said.

To read the Time Warner Cable story, click here.

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