Hanna visits Utica Fire Department to discuss grant funds
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UTICA, N.Y. -- Congressman Richard Hanna visited the Utica Fire Department Monday as part of a larger effort to help fire departments find grants that may be available to them, but that they aren't taking full advantage of. He also mentioned efforts in Congress to create more grants for training fire fighters in small and rural departments.
The congressman said there are many unclaimed federal grants available to help with nearly all costs of fire operations. He made a point of highlighting Utica's fire academy and the many grants which can help in the costs of similar programs. Hanna said fire departments often overlook costs a grant can pay for.
"Any kind of safety equipment, and even trucks, education is a big one, that's what the safety program focuses on. So a lot of these rural fire departments can get money just to train their people," said Hanna.
The congressman said his office will to continue to actively work to help departments apply for and receive grants for their programs.