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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory Unveil Mobile Training Trailer

December 14, 2018

Vital Training Apparatus Made Possible by Federal Firefighters Grant

ALBANY, NY – Today, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory unveiled the new mobile training trailer that was purchased for the Albany Fire Department.  The purchase of this training trailer was made possible by a $426,000 Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant that Senator Schumer helped secure on the City’s behalf.  The City of Albany contributed a match of approximately $42,000, which includes a $20,000 award from State Farm.

The training simulator allows Albany firefighters to train on six unique and critical firefighting skills, including: fire suppression, forcible entry, roof operations, search and rescue, thermal imaging, and Personal Safety System (PSS).

“This state-of-the-art, new firefighting trailer proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, why my annual 62 county tour of New York State is such a valuable tradition, both for myself and the residents of Upstate New York. It helps me learn about the needs of all of our communities – for example, Albany’s lack of a training facility for its courageous firefighters – so that I can come back to Washington D.C. and fight with everything I’ve got to accomplish them,” said Senator Schumer. “Today, I couldn’t be prouder to stand with Mayor Sheehan, Chief Gregory, and Albany firefighters to unveil the City’s new fire simulator trailer, which was purchased with federal AFG grant that I worked relentlessly to secure. The new trailer ensures that when Albany firefighters – our local heroes – put their lives on the line to protect ours, they will be as prepared as possible to handle any and all emergencies.”

“The acquisition of this mobile training trailer will continue to ensure the Albany Fire Department has the most state-of-the-art training apparatus available to best prepare our members for a wide array of emergencies,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.  “Thank you to Senator Schumer for advocating on the City’s behalf and securing the funding that made the purchase of this vital resource possible.  Thank you as well to State Farm for helping provide a portion of the funding for the City’s grant match.”

“With the purchase of this new mobile training trailer, the Albany Fire Department will now have access to its own training facility for the first time in decades,” said Chief Joseph Gregory.  “The advanced technology of this fire training unit will allow our members to develop and enhance their situational awareness in multiple skill areas and better prepare them in a more realistic environment.”

“State Farm is proud to support the purchase of the Albany Fire Department’s new mobile training simulator,” said State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Jennifer Young.  “Our mission is to help build safer, strong, better-educated communities.  This initiative helps ensure Albany residents and residents in surrounding areas have properly trained firefighters to keep our neighbors safe.”

Continuous training in a live Class A fire environment helps firefighters of all experience levels properly perform dynamic risk assessment.  That combined with increased training sessions helps firefighters to remain safe and learn appropriate actions to control dangerous situations.

This mobile training trailer will enhance the City’s training capabilities, allowing firefighters to stay up to date with the latest advances in firefighting tactics.  There are only two training facilities in Albany County which the Albany Fire Department can utilize, and both are aging structures located outside of the City.  This mobile training trailer can provide year-round live-fire training in various locations in the City.

The Albany Fire Department will also provide enhanced training to surrounding regional fire departments.  As a self-contained training unit, training will begin immediately upon delivery and placement of the trailer.