FEMA funds aid Granville Rescue Squad

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The Granville Rescue Squad is set to purchase two LUCAS CPR machines after securing $38,047.61 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds with assistance from Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Two much-needed lifesaving pieces of medical equipment have been secured for the Granville Rescue Squad through a federal agency and the efforts of Rep. Elise Stefanik.

The first response company, a non-profit, was one of three recipients in the NY-21 district represented by Stefanik to receive $38,047.61 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as announced on Sept. 7 by Stefanik’s campaign team.

Assistant captain Mike Zinn said the money is going toward the purchase of two LUCAS devices that conduct chest compressions automatically rather than manually by a staff member.

“I am proud to deliver critical funds to ensure our fire departments in New York’s 21st District are equipped to protect themselves and our communities,” Stefanik said in a press release. “Our brave first responders make countless sacrifices and answer the call to serve day or night to keep our communities safe, and these funds play an important role to ensure they can continue this important work. I will continue to advocate for the resources our first responders need to keep the North Country safe.”

Zinn said the FEMA grant money is typically something he applies for both for the rescue squad and Granville Engine & Hose Company #1 every year. A few years ago, the rescue squad was selected as a recipient and purchased power stretchers.

The assistant captain said the receipt of the funds is critical to responses in the community and goes a long way in times of need.

“With the manpower shortages, it definitely helps us because it frees up a person to do something else,” Zinn said. “It’s very important. Obviously, everyone’s budget is exceeded so this helps us purchase the needed equipment to do our job.”

Other recipients of the total $190,161.89 in FEMA funding were Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad ($126,400) and the town of Greenfield ($25,714.28).