BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Congressman Richard Hanna picked up the endorsement of the Binghamton Professional Fire Fighters in the June 24 primary election for his continued support of fire service initiatives.
Binghamton’s International Association of Fire Fighters has 120 members. President David J. Holleran said Hanna has been dedicated to keeping fire fighters safe and ensuring they have the resources they need to protect our communities.
“You have been a support of fire service issues on the national level and it has not gone unnoticed,” Holleran wrote in the endorsement letter. “Below are just some of the specific issues that you have worked and continue working on that has made and will make a difference in allowing fire departments, like the Binghamton Fire Department to provide the services they do safer, for not only the firefighters, but the citizens they serve.”
Among some of the issues President Holleran cited:
Full funding of the FIRE and SAFER grant programs: Hanna supported $340 million for the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER).
FIRE Grant: Since 2001, the FIRE program has delivered more than $6 billion for protective gear, breathing apparatuses, fire engines and advanced training programs.
SAFER Grant: The SAFER program provides funding for both career and volunteer fire departments to hire new firefighters and to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. Many stations in upstate New York are currently short on staff.
FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Response System: Hanna supported restoring $8 million in funding for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Response System, which develops search and rescue task forces that specialize in disaster recovery, emergency triage and medicine.
“I am privileged to have the support of our firefighters and first responders,” Hanna said. “Day after day, these men and women protect our communities in the time of emergency. We are grateful for their constant protection, and I am honored to have their support.”
The primary election is Tuesday, June 24.