Senator James Seward was at the Homer Fire Department last night (October 15) announcing a $150,000 state grant he secured for the village to help with the purchase of a new, critically needed fire engine.“It’s imperative that our first responders are properly equipped,” Seward said,” not only to protect life and property, but to ensure their own safety, as well.”
The new truck is expected to arrive in 2020 and will replace the department’s Engine 503, a model built in 1996 that Fire Chief Mahlon Irish says has reached the end of its operational use.
“The safety improvements that have been made to these vehicles over the last 20 years or so have been tremendous,” Irish said. “The village’s new engine truck will be a major asset to our firefighters’ ability to keep the public safe as they meet the many dangers and challenges they encounter.”
Homer Mayor Hal McCabe thanked the senator for the benefit this grant would have on both the village and its taxpayers:
“Using this grant allows us to avoid paying interest on the vehicle while it’s being built, which ultimately saves the village about $30,000 on the purchase. Senator, we really can’t thank you enough.”
The village fire department services not only the village of Homer, but also the Towns of Homer, Scott and Summerhill as well as parts of Cortlandville.