Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday (September 13) announced more federal assistance on the way to five local fire departments across Central NY, including more than $85K to the Cortlandville Fire Department for a fire hose replacement.
“When equipment gets worn out, it can be difficult to replace,” said Cortlandville Fire District Chief Jared Gebel. “Because of the nature of what our agencies do, this award is huge.”
Cortlandville’s award was part of an overall $831K package that provided funds to four other Central New York fire departments, including the Fleming Volunteer Fire Department #1 ($23,714.28), the Dewitt Fire District ($24,952.38), the City of Fulton Fire Department ($49,953.33), and the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department ($648,181.81).
The continuing federal assistance is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, distributed by FEMA in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Service.
Recent data from the National Fire Protection Association shows 43 percent of American fire stations are more than 40 years old, with an estimated total cost of $70 to $100 billion to replace them.
“It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to stay safe on the job,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders in Central New York and across the state are our local heroes and our first line of defense for safety and security—it is critical that we do all we can to ensure that they are well equipped and prepared to take on any emergency.”
“Every day, our first responders put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I am proud to announce this funding for five fire departments in Central New York which will help firefighters respond to emergencies safely and efficiently. I will always fight in the Senate to ensure that our local fire departments have the resources they need.”