ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Thursday morning was an exciting one for many local first responders, as their departments were given several grants to upgrade and improve equipment.
New YorK State Senator Fred Akshar (R) was on hand at West Corners Fire Department to make the announcement. The grand total of all the grants totals $155,000.
Akshar made it known that all of these departments are volunteer and typically have to host fundraisers in order to gain the money needed for new equipment.
“They’re having barbecues. They’re having ice cream socials. They’re having boot drives. It’s always about trying to raise money to buy equipment that they need,” said Akshar.
Members from the departments in attendance say they are extremely thankful for these grants and that the new equipment will make everyone’s jobs much easier. The new equipment also allows the volunteers to complete their mission of helping the community.
“We love what we do. Obviously everybody comes here and they all have the same goal. It’s to protect the community and help out our neighbors,” said Michael Heide, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commisioners for the West Corners Fire Department.
The 12 departments that received grant money are listed below, along with how much money they received and what that money is going toward. Some departments have not yet allocated the funding.
Borden Hose Company-Mt. Upton/Guilford: $10,000
Chenango Ambulance Services, Inc.: $35,000 for power stretchers
Greene Fire Department: $15,000 for dry suits, PFDs, helmets, propless boat motor
Johnson City Fire Department: $10,000
Lockwood Volunteer Fire Company: $10,000
Maine Fire District No. 1: $10,000
Norwich Fire/Emergency Squad: $10,000 for advanced life support equipment
Owego Fire Department: $20,000 for technology upgrades
Spencer Fire Company: $10,000 to refurbish rural water supply apparatus for structure and wildfire
Union Center Fire Company: $5,000 for Genesis Rescue Systems Combi Tool
Weltonville Volunteer Fire Company Newark Valley: $10,000 for gear dryer and hose dryer
West Corners Fire Company No. 1: $10,000 for hydraulic accident rescue tools