The congressman also acknowledged the funds are coming at a difficult time, when many local goverments are looking at budget cuts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Brindisi said the money can be used for things like new equipment, PPE, and other necessary items to help first responders continue to protect the community they serve. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced the Endicott Fire Department received more than $2,500 in funding from FEMA’s assistance to firefighters grant program. “It’s really important to get as many federal dollars into the community as possible to help make up for those losses that may be coming from the state, and to make sure that we’re keeping the first responders safe and able to do the job.” Brindisi told 12 News. The congressman says it is critical for leaders to be there for services like fire departments. He emphasized his office is always looking to help departments secure grant funding.