Fire departments in Westons Mills and Black Creek received federal grants to replace outdated safety equipment, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed announced.
Both grants came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Westons Mills Fire Department received $149,553 in federal funds, which the fire company will use to purchase 22 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs, masks and air tanks.
“The department would not be able to afford to replace this outdated equipment without this grant,” said Will Smith, chief of the Westons Mills Fire Department.
The New Hudson Fire Company in Black Creek received $67,926 to be used toward protective clothing for firefighters.
"The department is very appreciative of this funding which will be used for turnout gear," said Ricky White Jr., chief of the New Hudson Fire Company.
Speaking of the grants to both fire companies, Reed noted, “These individuals devote their lives to protecting us and it is only right we give them the resources they need to keep themselves safe in that process.”