Serving an area where many people enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, snowmobiling and ATV riding, the Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department faces some unique rescue challenges and specialized equipment can be expensive.
This “snowbulance” is an enclosed rescue sled that has snow skis for use in the winter. The snowbulance also includes a stretcher and a battery-operated light and heat system, enabling firefighters to safely and efficiently rescue residents.
“Limited budgets often prevent us from purchasing all of the tools and gear we would like to have,” said Capt. Brian Boya. “This grant fills an important void and will result in our being able to provide the community with better service when emergency situations arise.”
Firefighters from the Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department and executives from Reiff & Associates attended a special public event Friday, Aug. 31 at the Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department, where the grant was presented.
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire departments and burn prevention organizations.
Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $29 million — including more than $1.7 million in New York. Through the program, independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like Reiff & Associates, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.