The Galen/Clyde Joint Fire District recently received $116,191 in federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The funding will be used to replace outdated self-contained breathing apparatus air packs with new equipment. It will also be used to equip several firefighters with new protective turnout gear.

"The Galen/Clyde Joint Fire District would like to thank FEMA and Sen. Schumer for their continued support of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program,” said Karl Simon, fire chief. “This financial assistance will allow us to keep our interior firefighters as safe as possible with state of the art personal protective equipment."

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. Funding is allocated to strengthen the overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. For more information, visit