Grants cover 17 fire, ambulance groups

Joelle Wolters/Olean Times Herald

Eighth-year firefighter Kyle Perry checks the radio in a Cuba Fire Department rig Wednesday afternoon. More than a dozen Allegany County fire departments will soon receive more than $1 million in all from the federal government for new fire radios.

FILLMORE — More than a dozen Allegany County fire departments will receive more than $1 million combined from the federal government for new fire radios.

Allegany County fire departments have now received three Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Act grants —  with two grants covering 17 county fire and ambulance departments in June — said county Fire Coordinator Jeffrey Luckey.

The first grant, approved in June, covered fire departments in county fire districts 1, 2 and 5, Mr. Luckey said, and amounts to $769,381 in aid.

“That’ll purchase 101 mobile (vehicle-mount) radios, 296 portable radios and 566 pagers,” Mr. Luckey said.

The second grant — covering fire departments in District 3 — is for $261,000.

The county covered the $6,000 for the services of Lewiston-based Grantmasters Inc., a grant-writing firm specializing in public safety grants.

“The departments supplied me with the information, because it covered call volume to the number of seats in the vehicles,” Mr. Luckey said.

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