Fire Department receives funding

OPPENHEIM – The Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department will receive $56,905 in federal funding to buy new extrication equipment to save people trapped in vehicles.

The federal award was part of an announcement made this week by U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of nearly $500,000 in federal funding for Capital Region fire departments.

The Oppenheim department’s new rescue tools will include cutters and spreaders to better extract people from vehicles, as well as stabilization struts to help stabilize vehicles in emergency situations, a news release said.

Funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and show financial need.