Alabama, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that the Alabama Fire Department will be reimbursed $69,000 per year for the next five years, after her office helped facilitate an agreement that will allow the AFD to be compensated for fire calls to the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
According to the news release from Hochul's office:
“The brave men and women of the Alabama Fire Department are true heroes that are always willing to help those in need no matter what the costs; but like every other organization, they work on a budget,” said Congresswoman Hochul. “Today, I’m proud to announce that my office was able to help work out an agreement between our local first responders and the Bureau of Indian Affairs that ensures this fire department will be fairly compensated for their service.”
“The Town of Alabama Fire Department has a long history of providing Emergency Services to the residents of the Tonawanda Reservation, and we are sincerely gratefully for the assistance that Congresswoman Hochul's office provided in our pursuit of federal funding for these services,” said William Schutt, Past Chief of the Alabama Fire Department.
The typical fire response costs the Alabama Fire Department approximately $600. In 2011, the AFD responded to 115 calls from the Tonawanda Indian Reservation. While the AFD has protected the land the Tonawanda Indian Reservation sits on for 60 years, they have never been reimbursed for the costs of responding to a call.
Last September, Congresswoman Hochul’s office began to work with the Alabama Fire Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to work out a deal to reimburse the Alabama Fire Department for fire calls to the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.
Last year alone, the Alabama Fire Department responded to a total of 317 fire calls, with $182,000 in department expenses.