ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the Albany Fire Department on Friday to discuss his support of a grant that will provide the necessary funds for new equipment.
“As advanced and professional as it is, it doesn’t have its own fire training center,” Sen. Schumer said.
Right now, the department has been renting a training tower from surrounding communities such as Bethlehem and Colonie. Now, the department is looking to purchase its own mobile fire simulator trailer.
“I was one of the original sponsors of the assistance to firefighters grant which provides help for state of the art equipment and training.”
This is why Sen. Schumer voiced his support for the city’s application for the firefighter’s assistance grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase this mobile training center.
“Do live fire training with propane fed flames to give firefighters the real heat and fire experience. They can fill a room with safe synthetic smoke.”
Local company Bullex will be in charge of designing this state of the art mobile fire training center, which will be the first of its kind in New York.
“Mobile facilities are something that a lot of departments are starting to look toward, so they’re able to bring the training where it needs to be,” Justin Malloy, Marketing Director for Bullex, said.
Albany will also not be the only fire department in the area to benefit from this fire simulator trailer. Cities like Troy and Cohoes will also have the chance to use the fire simulator.
“This is something that firefighters don’t get a chance to train in every day. So I think it’s going to be nice for all the departments around the area,” Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel Jr. said.
If the grant is approved, the mobile fire simulator trailer would be completed in about a year.