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NY volunteer department receives federal funds for cardiac monitors

Over $70K was donated as part of the Firefighters Grant Program


By Niagara Gazette Staff
Niagara Gazette

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Upper Mountain Fire Company has been granted $70,500 in federal funding to purchase cardiac monitors.

The funds were approved by the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types,

“Unfortunately, due to financial limitations and the high costs of new equipment, many fire companies and emergency medical service providers are in need of financial assistance,” U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, said in a release. “The (Assistance to Firefighters Grant) Program will continue to help create more efficient and effective first responders.”

This federal grant will allow the Upper Mountain Fire Company to purchase a number of cardiac monitors. These monitors will measure the physiological status of the firefighters when responding to calls and ensure their vitals are properly maintained at all times.

“(The cardiac monitors) will monitor the safety of our members as we continue to provide advanced life support for residents of Lewiston and the surrounding area,” said Daniel Leven, chief of Upper Mountain Fire Company. “We encourage other local departments to apply for AGF grant funding and we look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins in the future.”

The program provides funding to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

Copyright 2016 the Niagara Gazette

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