The Montauk Fire Department has been awarded $106,371 in Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters grants. The amount is among almost $700,000 awarded that also went to the Brookhaven, Jamesport, and Gordon Heights Fire Districts.
Montauk's award will be allocated to procurement of power cot systems, which lift and move the stretcher of an ambulance into the vehicle. "With the E.M.S. call volume and varied terrain in Montauk, the power stretchers will be a welcome addition to the operations of our Ambulance Company No. 4, reducing possible injury to our E.M.T.s and making patient movement safer," said Chief Mitchell Valcich.
"In addition to FEMA, I would like to thank ex-Chief Franzone, Dawn Lucas, district secretary, and Donna Hitscherich, firefighter/paramedic, for writing the grant. I know Capt. Dustin Lightcap and Lts. Robert Mautschke and Alan Burke and all of the members of Ambulance Company 4, as well as the members and visitors to our Montauk community, will benefit from this grant for years to come."