CAVAC to Receive Nearly $60,000

Money to be Used to Upgrade Cardiac Equipment

(Cazenovia, NY – Jan. 2012) U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced last week that the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps will receive a grant totaling $57,000 in Round 4 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

CAVAC will use this funding to upgrade to state-of-the-art heart monitors in two ambulances. Currently the Ambulance Corps only have two older models; with the purchase of new monitors, the old ones can serve as backup and both ambulances can always remain running.

“This investment will be a big help to the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, better equipping our first responders to quickly and safely respond to emergencies,” Schumer said. “These funds will also guarantee that our local first responders have the critically important life saving devices that allow them to do their work as efficiently and safely as possible.”

The AFG Program provides funding to local fire departments to help them improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks, enhancement of emergency medical services programs, development of health and safety initiatives, establishment of fire education and prevention programs, creation of wellness and fitness programs and equipment and facility upgrades.

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