ALBANY, NY (WENY) – Over $2.6 million in federal funding will be provided for firefighters across upstate New York.

The funding was allocated through FEMA’s Assistance to the Firefighters Grant program.

According to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office, the funding will be used to purchase essential equipment and boost training. Locally, the City of Dunkirk will receive $44,661.

“From the peak of the pandemic to battling a blaze, our brave Upstate New York firefighters are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities. It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the resources they need to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Schumer. “That is why I am proud to deliver this over $2.6 million federal boost, from a program I helped create, for our courageous Upstate heroes to give them the equipment and training they need to stay safe and be prepared to take on any emergency.”

The AFG Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration.

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need.