DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Dobbs Ferry firefighters will soon be using new air packs when they head out to battle a blaze thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
The $235,734 grant was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey, (D-Westchester/Rockland) in an effort to enhance equipment for local firefighters.
“It is vital that local first responders have the equipment they need to respond swiftly and decisively to emergencies,” said Lowey. “This grant will provide critical resources to the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department so they can continue to keep our communities, neighborhoods, and families safe. I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security is addressing this need in Westchester. ”
Dobbs Ferry Fire Chief Gerard McIlvain said the money will be used to buy 30 new air packs for the firefighters to replace old packs that have become outdated.
“We are thankful to get this federal money. It saves our local taxpayers the high cost of having to replace the air packs all at once,” said McIlvain.