Cortland Fire Dept. Applies For $150k Swift Water Rescue Grant
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Cortland City Fire Department has applied for a $150 thousand dollar state grant to help establish a county swift water and flood rescue team.
Following flooding in August that required the Marathon Fire Departments water rescue boat to be used to pull residents from flooded homes and business in the Town of Cortlandville. The City Fire Department is looking to purchase its own water rescue equipment and partner with Marathon to improve water rescue capabilities.
Cortland City Fire Captain Mike Tencate has written the grant application, he says the idea is create a multi department countywide water rescue team that can respond to the ever increasing number of flooding emergencies within the community.
The federal technical search and rescue grant if awarded would cover the purchase of an inflatable rescue boat for the city and would provide additional water rescue training for firefighters.
The award is expected to be announced by the end of the year, the City Fire Department has been successful in obtaining multiple grants over the past few years including funds for two new trucks including a nearly million dollar ladder truck. The grant does not have a local match.
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