The Utica Fire Department has received a $500,000 federal grant through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

The funding was announced by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Schumer previously wrote to the Department of Homeland Security to support the Utica Fire Department's application.

The UFD will use the money to replace a 30-year old fire truck.

"It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to stay safe on the job," said Schumer. "Our first responders are our local heroes and our first line of defense for safety and security - which is why I will continue to do all that I can to ensure that they are well equipped and prepared to take on any emergency. This funding will do just that, by allowing the firefighters of the Utica Fire Department to replace their 30-year-old fire pumper, which is lacking in features like shoulder belts."

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