Kingston Fire Department to get $690,000 in federal money

The city fire department will be getting $690,000 from Washington to hire more firefighters, a press release from U.S. senators Chuck Schumer and Kerstin Gillibrand announced Wednesday. The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. This funding will allow the Kingston Fire Department to expand its emergency services capabilities by hiring four new firefighters, the release stated.

“On behalf of the City of Kingston, I want to thank Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for their assistance in securing this funding. This grant will allow the City of Kingston to add additional firefighters at a time when our budgets are continuing to be constrained. This will make our city safer and even more responsive when our men and women are called to duty,” Mayor Steve Noble stated in the release.

“The City of Kingston Fire Department is incredibly appreciative to Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand for helping to secure this funding for our department. The City of Kingston values the safety of its residents as our number-one priority, and with more resources, we will be able to ensure that this safety isn’t jeopardized,” Fire Chief Mark Brown stated in the release.