(Fayette) Citing the critical importance of assisting local fire departments in their efforts to protect and serve the community, State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-Fayette) Saturday participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Fayette Firehall. Senator Nozzolio secured a $100,000 State grant for the Fayette Fire Department last year to assist in the construction of the firehall. ?Our local fire departments provide critical lifesaving services to our citizens and communities. It is vitally important that our fire departments have the best possible resources in order to do their jobs effectively and enhance public safety,? said Senator Nozzolio. ?Last week, we dedicated the New York State Police and Emergency Services Training Facility at the former Seneca Army Depot, which will help train area firefighters. Together with the new firehall, Fayette firefighters will now have two quality facilities in which to train and work.? Robert Halladay, Chief of the Fayette Fire Department said, ?We greatly appreciate Senator Nozzolio?s assistance and support. This project would not have been possible without the Senator?s efforts in securing a State grant for the new firehall, which will improve and enhance our services in the community. This project has been a true community effort and I thank all those involved for making this day possible.??The selfless and heroic duties our firefighters perform each day have never been more apparent than they are today following the evil terrorist attacks of September 11. Through the sacrifice of these heroes, we further realized the critical importance of having courageous, well-trained firefighters ready to save lives and protect our citizens, families and communities,? Nozzolio added.The new Fayette Firehall will be located at 4200 Route 414 in Fayette. Construction is expected to be completed by November 1.Last week, Senator Nozzolio held a dedication ceremony for the New York State Police and Emergency Services Training Facility located at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. ?Our brave firefighters represent the very best of our communities and the very best of New York State. I commend Chief Halladay and the fire commissioners for their hard work on the project, and thank all the firefighters for their commitment to serving and protecting the public,? Nozzolio concluded.