Over the last few months, you might have been hearing more and more about the urgent need for volunteer firefighters in your community, is there still a need? Yes, there is.

With a need for new firefighters, there is also a need to keep them up to date on all of the latest firefighting techniques. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to help small volunteer fire departments get money to help with that training.

What type of training is the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) looking to help with?

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The DEC is aware that not all rural fire departments will have access to the equipment or to the training to help 'protect public safety and natural resources.' The grant money that departments can apply for will be used for this training.

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How can a New York State Volunteer Fire Department apply for this grant money?

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There is an application process, and the application must be submitted by November 15, 2023. While it might not seem like a tremendous amount of time to get the application submitted, the application must be completed 100% to be considered for the funding.

Which fire departments are eligible to apply for their share of the $976,622?

The departments that can apply for the funds are ones that serve a single town with less than 10,000 persons. The departments can serve multiple communities, but to be eligible for the funding, they must serve at least one rural community, with 10,000 or less people. To get more information about the application, click here. There are additional grant opportunities for fire departments who serve communities of more than 10,000 people.

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