Fire companies in Rochester and Niagara County have been awarded federal funding as part of a grant program from the Department of Homeland Security.
Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport said the Ridge-Culver Fire District is set to receive $50,259 and the Upper Mountain Fire Co. in Lewiston has been awarded $52,685.
Ridge-Culver will put the money toward its hose replacement project to upgrade to larger hoses and replace older, outdated hoses on the fire trucks.
“We have received about four grants in the last 18 months totaling close to a half a million dollars,” said Bo Sulyma, Ridge-Culver Fire Department commissioner. “This allows the Ridge-Culver Fire District to provide an enhanced level of service to our customers at no additional cost to the taxpayer,”
Upper Mountain Fire Co. will use its funding to enhance the company’s advanced life support equipment, as well as various training equipment.
In fiscal 2010, the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award approximately $390 million directly to fire departments and EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.