Senators: Naples Fire Department to get funding for radios

Created: 08/14/2014 7:13 PM WHEC.com

A local fire department is getting more funding with help from two U.S. senators.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced the Naples Fire Department in Ontario County will receive $69,320 in federal funds. The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) has allocated the money, which will be used to purchase portable radio units for the department.

The units cost around $2,100 each and will help firefighters improve communication with emergency dispatchers.

"Making sure the brave men and women that serve in our fire departments have the resources they need has always been a top priority of mine, and I will continue to do whatever I can to provide our firefighters with what they need to protect life and property," said Senator Schumer.

Senator Gillibrand said, "Updating critical equipment will help keep families and first responders safe. This federal funding will allow the Naples Fire Department to replace outdated emergency communications equipment. With investments in radio units, firefighters can respond more quickly and more efficiently to emergencies in the area."

Patrick Elwell, Chief of the Naples Fire Department, said the department has applied for AFG grants since the beginning and have now been successful with help from Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.

Ontario County installed a new radio system last year to be in compliance with federal standards, but the multi-million dollar project only covered radios for chief officers. The new federal grant will allow the department to upgrade equipment for other firefighters as well.

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