(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $20,000 for the Caledonia Fire Department within the adopted 2005-2006 New York State Budget. This funding will assist the Caledonia Fire Department with their efforts to purchase a generator to be used for emergency purpose at the J.W. Jones Hall, their recreation and training facility on Leicester Street.
"What we have seen over the past several weeks in response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita, that there is a need to ensure that our residents have the ability to seek a safe and secure environment during times of natural disasters," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "This is very true in our more rural areas of the state and why I will continue to do all that I can to be of assistance to our rural fire and emergency personnel. By securing this funding for the Caledonia Fire Department, they will have the necessary financial resources to allow them to purchase an emergency generator for the residents of the community."
Thomas J. Sims, President of the Caledonia Fire Company said, "This is tremendous news for our fire department and the communities that we serve. At present, our current facility has been used for housing people during unexpected emergencies such as ice storms, power failures, school emergencies when students need to be taken off grounds. Often these emergencies have lasted several days and the need for a suitable emergency generator is needed. Senator Volker securing $20,000 will allow us to move forward with the purchase of this emergency generator, so that if an emergency situation arises, we can provide our residents with the needed resources to keep them safe and mitigate the disruption of their lives."