Carthage-Wilna Fire District getting federal funds
The money is coming out of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program and it will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus units, air bottles, face masks and voice amplifiers.
Brian Draper, assistant fire chief for the department, said the new funding will help replace old equipment and adequately meet safety standards.
“It is essential that we provide our north country firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” Sen. Schumer said in a statement. “Our Jefferson County first responders 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 across the Carthage-Wilna coverage area.”
Sen. Gillibrand said: “These federal funds will allow our first responders to purchase the up-to-date equipment they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. We need to do everything we can to protect our first responders when they risk their lives, and I will always fight in the Senate to make sure they are given the support they deserve.”