Schenectady County Legislature Awards Grants to Local Fire Departments
The Schenectady County Legislature awarded grants totaling $50,000 to local fire departments through the Schenectady County Fire Service Improvement Grant Fund.
The Legislature appropriated the funds in the 2019 budget to help local departments enhance their capabilities in response to the impact and magnitude unusual storms, natural disasters and everyday responses have on their resources.
“Local fire departments are often on the front lines when it comes to keeping our communities safe during emergencies,” said Legislator Thomas Constantine, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Firefighting. “These County grants help ensure the departments have the equipment they need do their job and to stay safe while doing it.”
“Residents in our towns and villages depend on local, volunteer-run fire departments for more than just fire emergencies,” said Legislator Michelle Ostrelich, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Firefighting. “We made sure that all twelve departments that submitted a request were granted funding, because having the correct, functioning equipment during an emergency is priceless.”
The following departments were awarded grant funding: Beukendaal Fire Department; Rotterdam Fire District #2; Rotterdam Junction Fire Department; South Schenectady Fire Department; West Glenville Fire Department; Glenville Hill Fire Department; Niskayuna Fire District #1; Niskayuna Fire District #2; Pattersonville Fire Department; Thomas Corners Fire Department; East Glenville Fire Department; and Alplaus Fire Department.
Funding will be used to purchase radio headsets, training equipment, fire operations equipment, medical equipment, diagnostic equipment, safety and other equipment.