The Mount Sinai Fire District is receiving a $470,585 federal grant for equipment upgrades, according to a group of federal elected officials.
The fire department, which has served both the community and the waters of the Long Island Sound since 1930, will use the funds to update communications equipment to meet federal regulations about narrow band channel transmissions for more efficient and dependable communication.
“With this funding, firefighters at the Mt. Sinai Fire District can focus on their important work knowing that they have reliable new equipment,” Sen. Charles Schumer said in a news release Friday. "This investment for updated radios will help ensure that our local heroes can continue their lifesaving work and will enable them to respond as effectively and safely as possible.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) also assisted with procuring the grant.
“This Grant Award will be used towards upgrading our 25 year-old Radio Room and improving our fire ground radio interoperability,” said James Hansen, chairman of the Mount Sinai Board of Fire Commissioners, in the release. "These upgrades will improve firefighter safety and help us provide better fire protection for our community now and in the future."
The grant comes from the 2012 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.