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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2008


Nearly $900,000 in CEDAP for Equipment, Equipment Training, and Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders Across Upstate New York; East Syracuse, Yorkville, Oneida, Oswego State University to Benefit

Schumer: Equipment Will Enhance Responders' Preparedness, Help Protect Communities

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded equipment and training worth $897,195 to Upstate New York emergency response agencies under the fiscal year 2008 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP). Law Enforcement Agencies and Emergency Responders across Central New York will receive a total of $35,785. The East Syracuse Police Department and Fire Department have been allotted $8,000 each and the Yorkville Police Department will receive $8,000. The Oneida City Police have been allotted $8,000 and the Oswego State University Police will receive $3,750. Since the program’s inception in 2005, DHS has provided roughly 6,800 CEDAP awards worth more than $120 million to support all hazards response capabilities in smaller jurisdictions around the country.


“This is great news for our emergency responders in Central New York,” said Schumer. “These grants provide funding for essential equipment and training that will strengthen our responders’ preparedness by equipping them with the tools they need to protect our communities, and themselves, during an emergency.”


Eligibility for CEDAP is limited to law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other emergency responder agencies with specific financial and capability needs.  FY 2008 CEDAP funds equipment and training in five categories: extrication devices; thermal imaging, night vision and video surveillance tools; chemical, biological and radiological detection tools; information technology and risk management tools; and vehicle tracking tools. 


The East Syracuse Police Department and Fire Department, the Yorkville Police Department, and the Oneida City Police will use the money to purchase a Mini Thermal Monocular (MTM) which assists in the detection, recognition and identification of potential suspects or victims.  It also provides increase safety through better situational awareness, and can be used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and search and rescue.


Funding for the Oswego State University Police will be used to purchase a Night Vision Kit, a low light amplifying kit that provides a lightweight solution for night vision. 


The FY 2008 CEDAP complements the department’s other major grants programs to enhance regional response capabilities, mutual aid, and interoperable communications by providing technology and equipment, along with the training required to operate that equipment, to law enforcement and emergency responder agencies in smaller jurisdictions and certain metropolitan areas. Applicants select items from the CEDAP Equipment Catalog that they had been unable to acquire through other DHS programs.


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