By Mark Weiner
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a $209,562 grant request from the Weedsport (NY) Fire Department (WFD) in Cayuga County, according to the region’s members of Congress.
The grant will pay for 25 new self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighters, helmets and self-rescue ropes for firefighters trapped in buildings, acccording to U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Dan Maffei.
Maffei (D-Syracuse) said WFD firefighters have been using outdated and damaged equipment for years because of financial constraints on the department.
WFD Chief David James said the new equipment will help the department comply with safety standards.
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