Power Authority to Assist Waddington in Purchasing Fire Rescue Equipment

Bob Hadler
(315) 764-0226, ext. 300

February 4, 2003


WADDINGTON—Randy Crissman, the New York Power Authority’s Regional Manager for Northern New York, will present a $15,000 check Tuesday to the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department to help with the purchase of a thermal imaging camera that will let the firefighters “see” through smoke and haze at fire sites.

“Safety is a very high priority at the Power Authority,” said Crissman. “Our concern for safety carries over into everyday life. These state-of-the-art cameras are a great help to firefighters in locating fire victims in smoky areas and also protects firefighters from dangers hidden by smoke.”

Mike Badlam Chief of the Waddington Fire Department, said, “We are very grateful to the Power Authority for this generous contribution and to Mayor Phillips and Supervisor Greene for their efforts in making it happen. The thermal imaging system will  help us better equip and train our firefighters and ensure that our community will continue to have professional, effective response to our emergency needs.”

“The Power Authority, working in cooperation with local communities, has again demonstrated it’s appreciation to our emergency service departments for their excellent work with this generous contribution.  This equipment will help to save lives, enhancing the fire department’s ability to see during search and rescue operations while minimizing the safety risks to our firefighters.  Thank you for making our community a safer place to live,” said Village Mayor Liz Phillips.

“The Waddington Fire Department does an outstanding job for people throughout our town and I am pleased and grateful the Power Authority is supporting their efforts with this contribution, said Supervisor Reggie Greene. “With this new thermal imaging system firefighters’ vision will be improved, assisting in life saving rescues and getting to the source of fires faster, helping to reduce property damage.”

The Power Authority, which provides about a quarter of New York State’s electricity needs, owns and operates the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena as well as other generating plants and transmission lines throughout the state.