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Fire department turned down for funds

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OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Fire Department has been turned down in its application for nearly $33,000 in federal funds.

Chief Steven M. Badlam said Wednesday that he was notified last week that the fire department’s application for $32,667 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Program was denied.

The department had plans for the funds, which required no local match. The larger $17,334 portion of the grant was going to pay the cost of turnout gear — boots, gloves, coats, helmets and pants — for 10 firefighters.

The department routinely replaces turnout gear every 10 years.

The remaining $15,333 was set to cover the purchase of communications equipment including mobile radios and pagers for use by firefighters in the field as well as terminals connected to them to be placed at the fire station on Ford Street.

The chief will keep applying as the funds are awarded in rounds throughout the year.

“They’re going to give it to the ones that they haven’t given it to,” Mr. Badlam said. “I’m not upset by it.”

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