Orange County awarded two grants from state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

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GOSHEN – The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has awarded Orange County $149,980 through its Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program and $141,200 through its Hazmat Regional Grant Program for the county’s fire services.

In addition, the State awarded Orange County Fire Services $141,2000 through its Hazmat Regional Grant Program.

Equipment funded through the grant will be utilized by the Orange County Technical Rescue Team, which is comprised of approximately 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 in and is available for mutual aid assistance to neighboring counties.

“The Orange County Technical Rescue Team 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.”

The Hazardous Materials Regional Grant Program provides funding for hazardous materials detection and mitigation equipment. 

Orange County is the lead agency for the regional program which is comprised of Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties.