N.Y. Fire Department Seeks DHS Grant for New Truck
Jan. 09—ONEONTA—The Common Council is looking into buying a multi-purpose vehicle for the Oneonta Fire Department to replace its aerial tower truck.
City Manager George Korthauer told Council members during committee meetings at City Hall on Monday about the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program through the federal Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Korthauer seeks Council approval to apply to the program for a grant to offset 90-95 percent of the $900,000 to $1 million cost of a fire truck that could replace at least two older vehicles in the department. The application deadline is Feb. 2, he said.
The application would be for a "quintuple-combination" apparatus that would have an on-board water supply, a pump, hose, ground ladders and an aerial device, Korthauer said.
The city needs to replace its 30-year-old aerial tower, which was purchased used in 1997 as an "immediate, but 'temporary'" replacement for an aerial ladder that had failed a safety inspection, the city manager said. The 30-year-old unit doesn't have a water tank or pump, he said.
Russ Southard, Sixth Ward Council member and chairman of the Finance/Human Resources Committee, said the proposal will be considered by the full Council at its meeting next week.
The Operations, Planning and Evaluation Committee also met Monday afternoon at City Hall.