A local sheriff’s department is to receive $25,000 from the state to replace equipment lost in 2011’s flooding, according to a media release from state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford.
Seward announced Friday that a recently adopted senate resolution includes $25,000 to provide equipment for the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Tactical and Rescue Force to replace that which was lost in the flooding that followed Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in August and September of 2011.
“Our local first responders face daunting challenges in the line of duty and in meeting today’s financial challenges,” Seward said in the release. “Properly outfitting those who are on the frontline is crucial and that is why I have always proudly partnered with our police and emergency responders to ensure they have the tools they need to do their job.”
The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Tactical and Rescue Force, or Tac-Force, is a volunteer component of the sheriff’s department composed of 14 deputized members. The unit provides security during public events, crowd control, search and rescue, traffic control, and assistance to road patrol deputies when needed. Communications equipment, bullet proof vests and uniforms for the 14 Tac-Force members were among the items lost in the floods that had yet to be replaced.
Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond praised the funds, saying, “The Tac-Force meets a specialized need and provides invaluable support that, as a small rural department, we would be hard pressed to provide otherwise. Senator Seward’s backing means the Tac-Force members will be properly outfitted without compromising an already tight budget.”