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Federal officials hail fire assistance for county departments

Two Chautauqua County Fire Departments have received federal assistance, according to state and area federal representatives.

The city of Dunkirk Fire Department received $155,304.76 while the village of Falconer Fire Department will get $125,238 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants. The program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency alongside the U.S. Fire Administration.

“We recognize the services firefighters carry out every day to keep us safe and secure. Given the important role firefighters play in our communities, we care about making sure our fire departments have fair access to the resources they need,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. “These grants are crucial to our local fire departments and we were proud to fight for these funds.”

“From the peak of the pandemic to normal times, our brave firefighters are always on the front lines, risking their lives to protect their communities,” said Sen. Charles Schumer. “These courageous firefighters deserve all the federal support possible to help them do their jobs. I’ve fought my whole career to bring more federal resources to support our heroic firefighters, and I’m proud to deliver this funding so New York’s fire departments have the critical PPE, training, and support they need to stay safe as they keep New Yorkers safe during the pandemic.”

“New York state’s brave essential workers have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities throughout the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “As our communities reopen, we must ensure firefighters have the necessary PPE and equipment needed to respond to emergencies safely. I am proud to fight for New York’s firefighters and will continue working to ensure first responders are protected when they enter the line of duty.”

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