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Federal money buys new ambulance for Lawrence-Cedarhurst F.D.

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The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department was one of four Nassau County fire departments that will receive money through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant and Assistance to Firefighters Grant programs.

Through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, the LCFD will receive $115,000 for a new ambulance. The federal grant funding was announced by Rep. Kathleen Rice, who represents the Five Towns and many other communities in the 4th Congressional District.

“I'd like to thank the Congresswoman for her unwavering support,” LCFD Chief  Michael  Beilinson said in a statement. “This ambulance is going to help us continue to provide the highest level of patient care to our community.”

A total of $430,272.73 was distributed, including $247,272.73 to the Lynbrook F.D. to buy new breathing apparatus for its firefighters. The Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Floral Park Centre Fire Company were awarded $41,500 and $26,500, respectively through the SAFER program to help recruit new firefighters.

“This influx of federal funding is a much-needed investment in our communities, particularly during this pandemic when local governments are strapped for resources,” Rice, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security which oversees FEMA, said in a statement. “These grants help ensure our local fire departments have the equipment and personnel they need to continue protecting our communities.”