Support for Volunteer Firefighters

Governor Hochul Announces $25 Million in Capital Funding Available to Support Volunteer Fire Departments

Grants Available to Volunteer Fire Departments for Construction, Renovation, or Purchase of Facilities and Equipment Service Projects

Applications Due By April 30, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced $25 million in capital grants is available to help volunteer fire departments across the state upgrade their facilities and equipment. As part of Governor Hochul’s continued effort to strengthen New York’s volunteer fire service, $25 million was secured in the FY 2023-24 State Budget for this initiative, along with $10 million to offset the costs of training courses which volunteer firefighters are required to complete. The program’s Request for Applications is available here.

“The volunteer firefighters of New York are selfless public servants who put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe,” Governor Hochul said.“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.”

Program supports volunteer fire departments facilities improvements along with response capabilities

Administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the program supports volunteer fire departments by upgrading and improving facilities and response capabilities through the following objectives:

  • Ensure fire stations and training facilities are safe, structurally sound, meet current building codes and regulations, and support or promote effective and safe firefighting practices;
  • Support volunteer firefighter safety and health and wellness by providing equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination equipment & supplies, and effective exhaust removal systems; and
  • Support consolidation of fire service resources through regionalization efforts to expand above and beyond jurisdictional boundaries to enhance local, county, and statewide response efforts.

Two funding options are available through the grant program:

  • $20 million for construction, renovation, and/or facility purchase projects including fire stations, substations and joint/shared stations, fire training towers, instructional classrooms and meeting spaces, exhaust systems, and shower facilities for decontamination.
  • $5 million for allowable fire service equipment projects including personal protective equipment (PPE), PPE washer/extractor, PPE dryers, radios/communications equipment, rehab equipment, and mask service unit/air compressor.

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