Congressman Anthony Brindisi today announced an additional $1,197,658.96 in grant funding for fire departments across New York’s 22nd District, $114,286.71 of which will be headed to Little Falls.

The grant money, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will help local fire departments prioritize operations and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Morrisville Fire District will use the grant money to purchase a new vehicle. In addition to AFG funding, the Village of West Winfield Fire Department received funding for PPE through the bipartisan CARES Act.

“Our brave firefighters continued to serve and protect our communities throughout this pandemic, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service,” Brindisi said. “These grants will help firefighters across our district protect themselves and strengthen their departments so they can continue their essential work. I will keep fighting for additional funding and COVID-19 relief for our communities.”

Mayor Mark Blask stated, “The FEMA grant couldn’t come at a more opportune time or be more appreciated. At a time when essential service budgets have been squeezed to unrealistic levels, this grant is like a breath of fresh air for our fire department that needs upgrades in equipment and PPE to continue to respond effectively during COVID. Many thanks to Congressman Brindisi for coming through on this grant.”

Brindisi secured more than $71,000 in AFG grants in July.