Oriskany police, firefighters receive state funds for equipment

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VILLAGE OF ORISKANY — Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi has secured $20,000 in grant money through the state to buy new equipment for both the village police and fire departments.

Brindisi, D-119,Utica, secured the money through grants from the State Legislature, according to officials. The money will be used to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle for the Oriskany Volunteer Fire Department, and bullet proof vests and Tasers for the Oriskany Police Department, officials stated.

“I’m pleased to have secured funding that will be put to good use keeping first responders and community members safe,” said Brindisi in a release.

“The Oriskany Fire Department serves some remote areas, including its trail system, and the emergency response vehicle it has utilized to purchase this funding will improve its response to emergency situations. In today’s sometimes dangerous world, the police department will also be able to provide an extra layer of security for officers to use when responding to calls.”

Oriskany Mayor Donald F. Rothdiener said the departments would have been unable to purchase the equipment without the grants.

“The response vehicle purchased with this grant is capable of travelling off road and on snow. It is equipped with extra white lighting to illuminate incident scenes in remote areas that normal fire apparatus cannot access. It will be able to respond to snowmobile accidents and other emergencies on the village’s trail system, and it also contains firefighting equipment, and enough room to transport a patient,” said Oriskany Fire Chief Jeff Burkhart.

“This vehicle is addressing a gap in emergency service coverage, but it also can be used for training, traffic control, and at major events in the community,” Burkhart added.

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