The Skaneateles Fire Department will receive more than $213,000 to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Thursday.
The department will receive $213,038 to purchase the equipment. The funding was available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, according to a news release.
The award was one of two announced by the senators. The DeWitt Fire District will receive $134,663 to purchase new SCBAs.
"This federal funding is an important investment for these Syracuse-area fire departments. When our first responders go into harm's way to keep our families safe, it is our responsibility to make sure they have the right equipment," Gillibrand said in a statement. "This grant will help give them the resources they need so they can operate safely and efficiently, and help save more lives."
In a statement provided by Gillibrand's office, Skaneateles Fire Chief Eric Sell said his department was "very pleased" to learn they received the funding.
"With this award the Skaneateles Fire Department can replace SCBA's dated back to 1992," he said. "This will improve the safety of the volunteer firefighters."