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Troy Fire Department

Troy was awarded $972,000 in Federal aid through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFE grant program.

Federal Funds Help Two Fire Departments In Dutchess

Jul 7, 2016
Andrew Magill, flickr

Two fire departments in Dutchess County are receiving federal funds for new equipment.

Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal joined city and public safety officials in Pittsfield today to announce a federal grant that will help the city upgrade its fire safety equipment.

    The volunteer fire service is at a serious crossroads. Current membership is at its lowest point in nearly two decades, and further erosion could have dire consequences.

What the general public may not realize is the fire companies protecting their communities are often staffed exclusively by volunteers. When an emergency breaks out, these volunteers leave their homes and offices to respond, not the local firehouse, as paid firefighters do.