YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- The Yorktown Heights Fire District has received a grant of $68,618 from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to support a swift-water rescue program to better respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
"The continued threat of radical Islamic terrorism has underscored the need to strengthen our emergency preparedness programs and other anti-terrorism efforts," state Sen. Terrence Murphy said. "The grant, part of a broader $4.5 million package of DHSES homeland security grants, demonstrates our commitment to keeping everyone safe."
Provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Technical Rescue & Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program provides eligible teams such as the Yorktown Heights Fire District with funding to advance their readiness. Specific emphasis is placed on the development of regional partnerships to efficiently enhance response operations.
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said, "Our local law enforcement officers and other first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our families. These critical investments will help provide the tools and training they need to save lives, strengthen our communities and come home safe at the end of each day."
Through targeted planning, equipment acquisition, training and exercise activities, these grant funds will be used to enhance the ability of these teams to save lives during disasters.
Yorktown Heights Fire District Chief Jeff Slotoroff said: "I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Sen. Murphy and to all the representatives of DHSES for their continued support. This funding opportunity greatly enhances the capabilities of the Yorktown Heights Fire District in keeping the residents, commuters and visitors throughout our town, county and state safe."
Martin McGannon, a commissioner of the Yorktown Heights Fire District, said he especially wanted to acknowledge the work of Slotoroff and Lt. Alex Vergo for their time they put into this grant.
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