Sheriff’s, volunteer fire dept.’s get $70K

From left, Sgt. Jamaal Johnson, of Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District, Chief Doug Hulbert Jr., of Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, Sen. James Tedisco, Chief Doug Ellsworth, of Northville Firemen's Association, and Chief Mark Souza, of Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company, all pose with checks on Wednesday at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and three volunteer fire departments were given a total of $70,000 in safety grants on Wednesday.

Sen. James Tedisco announced the four new public safety grants the sheriff’s department and the fire companies received.

The four departments receiving the grants are Fulton County sheriff’s office, Northville Firemen’s Association, Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District and Rockwood-Garago-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company.

“I’m proud today, to have some grant funding for those first responders who do that difficult and hard work and put their lives on the line every single day,” Tedisco said.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office received a grant of $25,000.

Sen. James Tedisco, left, gives Mark Souza chief of Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company,a check of $5,000 to go towards a generator to power its station during power outages. In the middle is Chief Doug Ellsworth, of Northville Fireman's Association on Wednesday at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

The grant will be used for new bullet-proof vests for deputies, to enhance drug investigation efforts and for training to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.

“We appreciate it senator, the benefit of this grant will be new bullet-proof vests for some of our deputies that either passed the useful date or bordering at it,” said Sheriff Richard Giardino. “So we’re going to spend a chunk of it on the safety of the deputies and a lot of it on drug investigation equipment and drug investigation. As you know, as other areas, we’re facing the opioid and heroin crisis in our local counties.”

The Northville Firemen’s Association received a grant of $22,000.

The grant money will be going toward 10 new pagers and 10 sets of firefighting turnout gear.

“The gear has to be upgraded every 10 years or so,” said Doug Ellsworth, chief of the Northville Firemen’s Association.

Senator Jim Tedisco, left, gives Doug Ellsworth, chief of Northville Fire Association, right, $22,000 to purchase 10 new sets of firefighting turnout gear and replace 10 fire pagers, is show on Wednesday at the Fulton County Sheriff's office. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District received a grant of $18,000.

The grant money will go toward two ATVs.

“We’re also in the process of purchasing a 20-foot enclosed trailer that will be able to hold wildland gear and search and rescue gear,” said Doug Hulbert Jr., chief of Sir William Johnsons Fire District.

Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company was given a grant of $5,000.

The grant money will go towards the installation of a generator to power its Station 2 during power outages.

“We have two stations at this time and one station does not have a standalone generator, so this grant will help us install the standalone generator,” said Mark Souza, chief of Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company.

Giardino said these grants aren’t four individual grants. The grants are going to be used countywide.

Tedisco echoed those sentiments.

“Every part of our life is a team, whether it’s our family, whether it’s our job, when we went to school and had some educational projects, New York state Legislature, our municipalities, our government areas should all work as a team,” said Tedisco. “And you’ve got a great team out here of first responders combined with law enforcement and our firefighters.”

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