The Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department will receive more than $230,000 in federal funding to purchase new equipment that can help keep firefighters safe.
The money was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. It will be used to purchase 25 new sets of personal protective turnout gear, and allow the department to replace self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) packs that are more than a decade old. The Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department has approximately 40 active firefighters.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says this new equipment will be critical to the firefighters' ability to do their jobs effectively.
"First responders are our primary line of defense – they put their lives on the line each day for the safety of our residents," Schumer said. "That's why it is crucial we provide them with the resources they need to continue their important and life-saving work.”
Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie thanked the lawmakers who were instrumental in securing the funding: Senators Schuemr and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Congressman Chris Collins (R-District 27).
"When the alarm rings, we will be ready and fully equipped to answer the call and fulfill our duty to protect the lives of our citizens and minimize property damage," Petrie said.