U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that fire companies in Otsego and Chenango Counties will receive federal grants for equipment upgrades. The East Worcester Hose Co. 1 will receive nearly $23,000 for new protective gear while the McDonough Fire Department is awarded just over $40,000 to purchase and install a vehicle exhaust removal system for the fire station.

The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.