Skaneateles Fire department receives $213K grant

Grant acknowledged at Feb. 14 village board meeting

The Skaneateles Fire Department will receive a $213,038 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to buy new equipment.

The grant was announced Thursday, Feb. 14 by U.S. senators Charles Schumer and Kirstren Gillibrand, the DeWitt Fire District was also awarded $134,663 from the same grant.

Skaneateles Fire Chief Eric Sell was met with a round of applause when he presented the village board with a letter announcing the award at their meeting on Feb. 14. The money will be used to buy new self-contained breathing apparatuses, according to the letter.

“With this funding, Syracuse area firefighters can focus on their important work without fear for their own safety,” said Schumer in a press release. “These investments for new equipment will help ensure that our local heroes can continue their life-saving work and will enable them to respond as effectively and safely as possible to the emergencies in our communities.”

Sell also reported to the board that the fire department helped respond to the fire at Camillus Cutlery, in Camillus on Feb. 10 and 11. Over the two days, 39 firefighters from Skaneateles responded and put in over 200 hours to help fight the fire. “I’m proud of our members, they stepped up for a call that wasn’t even in our district. They were out there all night working hard,” Sell said.

Also from the meeting:

-- The board voted to hold a public hearing on March 14, during its regularly scheduled meeting, to get feedback on Local Law 1 of 2013.

The proposed law will reduce the number of members on the village Historic Landmark Preservation Commission from nine to five and make other changes to “streamline the permitting process,” according to the cover sheet of the law. The law was written by Village Attorney Michael Byrne. The board has set an April 1 deadline to act on the law.

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