♥ Delanson Receives FEMA Grant for New Fire Equipment
Fire Chief Sees Boost in Confidence for Unit’s 10 Firefighters
Thanks to the efforts of Fire Chief Kevin Morrison, the Village of Delanson has been awarded a grant for 10 self-contained breathing apparatuses, or SCBAs. “This new equipment will take the place of 23-year-old gear whose straps were falling off and that used heavy steel packs that we had to lug around when confronted by a fire,” said Fire Chief Kevin Morrison. The company’s old equipment was also out of compliance with state safety regulations, he added.
The Delanson Fire Company, with 10 volunteer firefighters, serves a village of roughly 370 residents and responds to some 115 calls per year. “These SCBAs are a huge plus for the village and the department,” Chief Morrison said. “Not only are they equipped with distress signals that enable a firefighter to signal for help, but they also allow a comrade to provide oxygen from his or her own cylinder. “On top of it all,” he said “we could not have afforded this lifesaving upgrade,” which is a big boost in confidence and morale for our volunteers.”
The SCBAs were provided by an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency’s grants director for Region II, Dale McShine, said in New York City today. The equipment’s cost is $56,650, with the federal share coming to $53,953. “Our AFG program has been aiding firefighters and other first responders since 2001,” said Ms. McShine. “It’s most gratifying to be able to help like this.”
“This grant provides resources to replace outdated equipment critical for the safety of our firefighters,” said Delanson Mayor Gayle Gifford. “We’re a very small community with a very small volunteer fire company. But big or small, all fire companies share the same goal: to protect and serve their communities’ citizens.”
Citing how paramount it is to keep responders protected, Mayor Gifford continued, “Thanks to FEMA’s AFG program, Delanson’s firefighters will now be properly shielded in their hazardous work. I congratulate Chief Morrison for his determination and hard work. Thank you FEMA for recognizing Delanson as a worthy recipient for this award.”
Tania Hedlund, FEMA’s regional Grants Branch Chief, explained that “the AFG program provides critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.”
In 2013, the AFG provided funding of $21.9 million to 192 Fire Departments and EMS agencies throughout Region II, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. For the first time ever, funding was awarded to a State Fire Training Academy in the region: the NYS State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
For further information, please contact William H. Douglass at FEMA: 212-680-3665 or 917-561-3223
♥ Maeve McKeeby wins Delanson Community Award
Maeve McKeeby is the 2015 recipient of the coveted Delanson Community Award for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to civic responsibility. Maeve is also a member of the National Honor Society as a result of her academic excellence and outstanding character. Great job Maeve and best of luck to you in the future.
Concerts in the Park
Every Thursday from June 4th to August 27th at 6:30 PM there’s a FREE Concert in the Park at the Gazebo on Main Street (opposite the Post Office). You can download the 2015 “Concerts In The Park” SCHEDULE by clicking the link.
Adopted 2015-16 Budgets
The adopted Village and Water Budgets for 2015-16 are here!! Click below to view or download.
New – Animal Control Department
We’ve just created the Animal Control Department here on delanson.net. It is conveniently located under Departments on the left side bar. Our Animal Control Officer, Darla Gullotta, has started us off in the right direction with a wonderful introduction page. CLICK HERE to learn more.
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Complaints of Idling Trains
It is prohibited by Local Law 2-1990 for trains to idle within the Village limits for more than 30 minutes. Complaints of trains idling for prolonged periods of time should be directed to the CP Railway Community Connects Line at 1-800-766-7912. For a thorough investigation of the incident, the following facts must be presented at the time of the complaint.
- Date the train was idling in the Village.
- Time of day the train came into Village and left the Village if you know it. Otherwise, length of time you observed the train idling in Village
- Nearest Crossing Location (Use crossing # 250195D, which is the crossing number for Main street, Delanson)
- Engine Number (4 digit number of the first engine of the train – can be found on side of engine or on the front above the engineers front window)
When you call the 1-800-766-7912 number, you will get a menu driven voice mail system. Following the prompts will allow you to leave a message for the CP rail police to investigate. Incidents must be reported within 24 – 48 hours of the occurrence to be investigated. In addition to the information above, leave your name, address and phone number. Keep a list of all the dates and times you have called to complain about the train. This information can then be gathered by the Village and sent to Federal & State agencies that may assist us in prohibiting the trains from idling in the Village.
Email Notification System
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