CORNING, NY (WENY) - The Corning Fire Department is getting new equipment thanks to a state grant.
The department is getting a new truck thanks to a state grant. State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano secured a $450,000 grant to supplement the funding for the truck. The rest of the $650,000 for the truck will come from the city’s reserved funds.
The new truck will replace the station’s oldest fire engine, which is 26 years old.
The Corning Fire Department says it’s an essential piece of equipment that needs to be replaced.
The next step in getting the truck is the design process.
“We’ve put together a committee of firefighters and officers to look at different designs that other departments around us are using and hopefully come up with a design that’ll work for us,” says Fire Chief, Brad Davies.
Officials say the process will take about a year.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but the process has started. The firefighters are just thrilled with the prospect of getting this new equipment. It’s going to help them do their jobs and protect all of us here in the Corning Area,” says State Senator Tom O’Mara.