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Friday, August 24, 2018

Federal Grant of $379,524. To Update Communications Equipment For Roulette, Coudersport, Shinglehouse, Austin, Ulysses & Port Allegany

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I can announce that the Roulette Chemical Engine Co. # 1 was awarded $379,524.00 from the federal government's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program yesterday. This grant was spearheaded by Roulette (46) and includes Coudersport (48), Shinglehouse (39), Ulysses (47), Austin (44), and Port Allegany (McKean 3). 

The "Regional Communications Grant" application comes with a total project budget of $398,500.00. This funding will allow our departments to upgrade our aging communications equipment, while increasing the amount of pagers to notify more first responders of an emergency, and increasing the amount of portable radios to increase fire fighter safety. 

This project, coupled with the county commissioner's recent commitment of funding to upgrade our radio tower system should help to reduce the number of areas where there is little or NO radio communications with responding units and/or the dispatch center. Interagency, cross county, and cross state communications should benefit as well.

The 46 House would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the federal government and the peer review board for awarding us this much needed grant, as well as our grant writer, John Sly for writing yet another successful grant for us.

This grant is one of three AFG grants applied for by the 46 House this year. The first being a vehicle replacement to replace our 1998 Mack Tanker with over 330,000 miles on it which did not pass the initial round for AFG. The third grant is for new turnout gear for station 46 in order to increase fire fighter safety which we are still in the running for.

Thank you to ALL that have participated thus far and stay tuned for more information.

Respectfully,
Justin W. Fillhart
C-46

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