NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. – The village of New York Mills has been awarded nearly $40,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to fund a new sign at the fire department.
According to Mayor John Bialek, the village is buying a new double-sided, high-definition video display sign the will replaced an outdated manual sign in front of the fire department.
Bialek says the sign will not only relay messages to the public, but assist in recruitment efforts.
"In addition to Fire Department recruitment, the sign will announce events and emergencies in the Village. We are currently using a manual sign with plastic letters that limit our message's length and the frequency of our news. Not to mention when you go out to change the news only to find the letters frozen stuck to the sign back. So, a hat, gloves, and shovel are no longer required equipment,” said Bialek.
Some of the funding will also go toward other recruiting materials.
Fire Chief Richard Ulinski says his crews responded to 1,244 calls in 2019, which is the highest on record, and the numbers continue to increase. This makes recruitment and retention vital for the department, which serves more than 7,000 residents.