After a weeks of preparing, the application to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant was filed November 25, 2014.. Now, almost 2 1/2 years later, the long awaited payoff is on its way to Adams. Tower 4 left the factory in Holden, Louisiana today at 2:30pm. When it arrives later this week, it will be test fit into a heavily modified bay altered to accomodate it. If all goes well, after a short trip to the dealer SVI for tool and radio mounting, the new truck will return home to stay and begin its service to Adams. We'll post more pictures when it arrives, but for now check out the delivery photos and all of the pictures of its construction HERE.
A new gallery of photos of our new aerial under construction has been created to show the unit as it progresses. It will contain all of the photos associated with the new truck and will be located on the Photos/Apparatus page for future viewing. Ferrara has also started posting incremental shots on its "In Production" page.
The Adams Fire Department moved a bit closer to acquiring a new aerial device to replace the 1987 Pierce.
The Prudential Committee moved forward with a recommendation to put forth a warrant and hold a special meeting to authorize the district to borrow up to $230,000 to be used for the acquisition of a new aerial device specified by the Fire Department and any modifications to the station to allow said apparatus to be safely housed in such.
The special meeting was held Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00pm at the fire department. The warrant passed. The department can now authorize the builder, Ferrara Fire Apparatus from Holden, Louisiana, to begin construction once the final specifications are approved. Specialty Vehicles, Inc. of North Attleboro, MA is the regional vendor and Bill Middlemiss was the local sales representative who worked with the department.
It is estimated that construction will take 330 calendar days to complete with additional time for tool mounting, lettering and operator instruction.
The Adams Fire Department received good news today as it has been awarded a 2014 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant . The $850,000 grant was submitted under the Vehicle Acquisition Program for replacement of the department's ladder truck. The federal share of the grant is $807,500 with $42,500 to be picked up by the Adams Fire District. The grant was written by Assistant Chief Dave Lennon.
The primary goal of the AFG funds is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations. Another goal of the program is to target high-risk populations and reduce injury and prevent death.
Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to 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.
The Grant Programs Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the grants in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
This is the third and largest AFG award for the Adams Fire Department.
Courtesy of the Berkshire Eagle
ADAMS - Tools of the trade, including rope, rescue harnesses, helmets and pulleys are on the way to the Alert Hose Co. thanks to a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation grant from the William and Margery Barrett Fund. The grant was written by Assistant Chief Dave Lennon.
The $2,000 contribution "allows us to replace rope that was past its certified lifespan and expand our ability to safely equip firefighters involved in rope rescue situations," according to Adams Fire Chief Paul "P.J." Goyette.
The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation dispenses more that $7 million each year through grants and scholarships.