Sen. Jim Tedisco met Wednesday, Oct. 11, with representatives of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and three fire departments to announce $70,000 in public safety grants. From left: Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District in Johnstown’s Sgt. Jamaal Johnson, and Chief Doug Hulbert Jr.; Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino; Tedisco; Northville Firemen Association’s Chief Doug Ellsworth; and Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company of Ephratah Chief Mark Souza.(Dusten Rader/Express Editor)

By DUSTEN RADER
Express Editor

JOHNSTOWN — Sen. Jim Tedisco met Wednesday, Oct. 11, with representatives of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and three fire departments to announce $70,000 in public safety grants.
According to Tedisco, the state grants are meant to help local law enforcement and volunteer firefighters protect the public and respond to a variety of emergencies.
While outside the sheriff’s office in Johnstown, Tedisco presented Sheriff Richard Giardino with a check for $25,000 that will be used to enhance drug investigation efforts, for training to help combat the opioid epidemic and to purchase five new bullet proof vests for deputies.
“I am proud to have been able to fight to return tax dollars back to Fulton County taxpayers and enhance the efforts of our brave law enforcement and volunteer fire fighters who put their lives on the line every day to keep people safe,” Tedisco said.
Giardino responded to Tedisco by noting that although it was four separate grants, the culture of sharing resources throughout the county means everyone will benefit.
“This isn’t four individual grants — they are going to be used county-wide,” Giardino said. “All of us work well together, and I think as important as the money is that we’re interagency cooperative. … We all appreciate this.”
Tedisco also presented Northville Firemen Association’s Chief Doug Ellsworth with a check for $22,000 to purchase 10 new sets of firefighting turnout gear and to replace 10 fire pagers.
“The gear has to be upgraded every ten years or so to keep our guys safe,” Ellsworth said.
The Sir William Johnson Volunteer Fire District in Johnstown received a check for $18,000 to purchase two ATVs and a trailer for use in wildland firefighting and search and rescue as well as a mobile command post with a radio. Chief Doug Hulbert Jr. was present to receive the check.
“We’re available anywhere in Fulton County and anywhere in New York state when requested and needed,” Hulbert said.
In addition, the Rockwood-Garoga-Lassellsville Volunteer Fire Company in Ephratah received a check for $5,000 to purchase and install a generator to power Station No. 2 during power outages. Chief Mark Souza was present to receive the check.
“This grant will help us not only keep our equipment and members warm in the winter time, but will also be used in our Red Cross shelter,” Souza said.