DeStefano: Volunteer First Responders Finally Getting the Funding They Deserve

“Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at a press conference hosted by Assemblyman Steve Stern and Suffolk County Executive Ed Romaine with respect to new legislative initiatives introduced in support of our invaluable volunteer first responders.

I am proud to stand behind these new funding initiatives and am relieved these heroes are finally getting the recognition they deserve. By playing critical roles in ensuring public safety and security amongst our residents, they go above and beyond the call of duty, exemplifying courage, sacrifice and service. Yet, too often, their contributions go unrecognized and unsupported. 

Through collaborative efforts and bipartisan support, we have created a much-needed legislative package designed to provide the resources, training and recognition our volunteer first responders deserve. By investing in our volunteer first responders, we are not only enhancing public safety but also fostering a sense of community and solidarity.

Key topics these initiatives focus on include: mental health, vital equipment, financial security and recruitment and retention of volunteers.”