The village of Oriskany’s fire and police departments are receiving a combined $20,000 in state grants with the help of state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.
Brindisi announced Monday that he’s secure a $10,000 state grant for the Oriskany Fire Department to purchase a new emergency response all-terrain vehicle, and a $10,000 grant for the Oriskany Police Department to purchase safety vests and tasers.
“Funds from Assemblyman Brindisi will allow the Oriskany Police Department to purchase equipment that will ensure the safety of its officers,” said Oriskany Mayor Donald Rothdiener. “It is being used to purchase bulletproof vests and tasers. Without this grant funding, the department was not going to be able to provide this important gear for the dedicated professionals who keep our community safe.”
Oriskany Fire Chief Jeff Burkhart says the emergency response vehicle being purchased with the state funding is capable of traveling off-road and on snow, and it’ll have extra white lighting to better light incident scenes in remote areas that the department can’t access with normal fire apparatus.
“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,” Burkhart said in the news release. “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.”