Cortland City FD wins free detectors for residents

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The city of Cortland Fire Department has received federal funding to help residents get a new smoke and carbon monoxide detective at no charge.

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A total $32k grant was secured through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters program, which required a 5% local match that’s being covered by a prior donation from CP Cash and Carry.

“The successful award from the FEMA grant award program and an in-kind donation from Cortland Produce
will allow the fire department to distribute smoke and CO detectors into the community,” said City Fire Chief Wayne Friedman. “This will assure that all residents in the city have these life saving devices in their homes.”

The department got a similar grant in 2012 that supported the distribution of more than 4,000 detectors across the city.

Captain Michael Tenkate wrote the application for this grant as well as many others for the fire department — his success has yielded over $3 million dollars of federal monies coming to Cortland, says Chief Friedman.

Recent awards include appropriations for diesel exhaust systems for the fire stations, a fire alarm for the historic headquarters station, personal protective gear and funding for apparatus.

“Mike’s diligence has taken a significant fiscal burden off the local taxpayer to facilitate much needed equipment and programs for the fire department,” Friedman said.

This program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management
Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

Information regarding this program will be posted on the Fire Department’s website in the near future.

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