Local volunteer fire departments will be purchasing some new protective gear with the help of state funding secured by Sen. Joseph Griffo.
The Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association is receiving $15,000, Griffo announced on Wednesday, for the purchase of Nomex hoods. The heat-resistant hoods are worn under firefighters’ helmets and help protect the firefighter’s face and neck area.
Dave Glenn, vice president of the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, says the hoods will be purchased and distributed to local departments that need them.
“The Oneida County Volunteer Firemen's Association would like to express our appreciation to Sen. Griffo for getting us this grant,” Glenn said in a news release. “This funding will go towards Nomex hoods for all firefighters. These Nomex hoods are used by all firefighters on the fire scene. The hood goes over their heads and around their necks to protect them from the extreme heat and smoke that they encounter.”
St. Lawrence County will receive $8,000 to purchase the hoods, and Lewis County will receive $7,000.