MIL-OSI USA: Senator Collins Visits Corinna Fire Department


US Senate News:

Source: United States Senator for Maine Susan Collins
Corinna, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, visited both the current and future sites of the Corinna Fire Station.  The station will be relocated to a larger, town-owned site that will ensure the station is able to meet the town and surrounding communities’ emergency and safety needs.  Senator Collins was joined by representatives from the fire department and the town.
Senator Collins secured $1.725 million for the project in the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which passed the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 25-5 in August.  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, she is continuing to advocate for this funding through the ongoing appropriations process.
“The Corinna Fire Department plays a critical role in protecting lives and property in the town and surrounding communities,” said Senator Collins.  “I enjoyed speaking with Corinna firefighters and town leaders today about how the new, modern fire station will enhance their ability to respond to emergencies.  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I strongly advocated on Corinna’s behalf to include this critical project in the funding bill, and I will continue to champion this investment as the process moves forward.”
The Corinna Fire Department serves the towns of Corinna and Exeter and has mutual aid agreements with multiple surrounding towns. Corinna’s roster maintains 35 on-call firefighters and responds to an average of over 100 calls per year.
The current Corinna Fire Station is small, crowded, and in need of repair, making it difficult for the fire department to operate at peak effectiveness.  The proposed new location that was donated to the Town of Corinna has an existing structure that can be re-commissioned as a fire station.  Through the decades, Corinna has invested in infrastructure and equipment, including a new fire truck last year.  This important infrastructure conversion will support all fire apparatuses Corinna currently owns and will benefit the town through reduced maintenance costs.