The Richmondville Fire Department has received $42,289 from the feds to upgrade its communication equipment.
United States Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the award, allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
Specifically, the Richmondville FD will use the funding to upgrade communications equipment, including portable radios, pagers, and a radio base station.
“It’s essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their job effectively,” said Senator Schumer.
“They are our local heroes and our primary 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.”
Eric Haslun, president of the Richmondville FD, pointed out that the grant will allow the community to meet today’s communications standards without raising taxes.
“This will let us greatly improve our communications with the 911 center when we respond to incidents in Richmondville and the surrounding area,” he said.
Senator Gillibrand pointed out the importance of supporting local firefighters who risk their lives every time they answer a call.
“These federal funds will allow them to purchase the up-to-date equipment they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” she said.
“I will always fight in the Senate to make sure they are given the support they deserve.”