Woodbury Fire Department wins $147,000 federal grant to recruit volunteer firefighters

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    Chris McKenna
    The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.
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    VILLAGE OF WOODBURY – The Woodbury Fire Department won a $146,660 federal grant last week to bolster its volunteer ranks by hiring a coordinator, buying a promotional sign and taking other steps to entice new members.

    The 62-member department was one of six New York fire departments awarded grants on Friday through the five-year-old SAFER program, which stands for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response. Woodbury hopes to recruit 15 new firefighters over two years and retain at least eight of them as active members.

    Past recipients of SAFER grants in the region include fire departments in the cities of Newburgh, Kingston, Poughkeepsie and Beacon, and the Vails Gate Fire Company, which won a $200,400 grant last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    Woodbury said part of its funding could be used to buy protective equipment, develop media, create printed materials, provide for new member training, tuition assistance, and reimbursement for books and lab fees.

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