JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The City of Jamestown has received an almost $300,000 dollar grant. For the purpose of buying new county-wide radios and rope bailout systems.
The award, presented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, will give the city $284,291 dollars to fund the new radios and bailout gear.
The radios will connect the City of Jamestown with other mutual aid agencies county-wide for a faster, more immediate response.
The bail out gear has been an essential piece of equipment, meant to keep firefighters safe when inside a burning building.
“We’re going to be purchasing some new rope bailout systems, that’s an essential piece of a firefighters turnout gear ensemble,“ explained Fire Chief Mathhew Coon. “And it enables a firefighter that gets trapped in a building, or somehow gets endangered, where they cannot exit out of the entryway that they originally gained access to the building. Especially if you’re in a tall building where there’s multiple floors.”
This is not the first time FEMA has awarded this grant to the city, however it has been a long time since Jamestown received the award.