Thursday, August 9, 2018




Orange County awarded state homeland security grant

GOSHEN – The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services awarded Orange County just under $148,000 through its Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program.

Equipment funded through the grant will be used by the Orange County Rescue Team, which is comprised of some 100 career and volunteer firefighters from departments throughout the county.

The unit responds to structural collapse, confined space, trench rescue and high angle rope rescue incidents and is available to assist in neighboring counties.

The team’s mission is to respond to “some of the most complex rescue situations imaginable,” said Vini Tankasali, the county’s deputy commissioner of fire services. “It is critical for the team to be outfitted with the proper specialized equipment and gear. This grant will help us accomplish that.”

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