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Federal grants to three Southern Tier fire departments

MAYVILLE – Two Chautauqua County fire departments and a Cattaraugus County fire department have been awarded a combined $148,819 in federal grants to purchase needed heart monitors and other critical safety gear, U.S. Senators Charles S. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday.

In Chautauqua County the Frewsburg Volunteer Fire Department will get $24,762 to purchase heart monitors and other safety equipment and the Busti Fire Department will get $25,842 for safety gear and operational updates.

The Hinsdale Fire Department in Cattaraugus County will get $98,215 for needed safety gear and operational improvements. All the funds are coming from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the senators said.

Daniel Sisson, vice president and safety officer of the Frewsburg Volunteer Fire Department, said that in addition to the “help financially” the federal grant will provide “more importantly that money helps keep our firefighters safer and allows use to purchase new equipment.” Calling firefighters “our first responders who put their lives on the line each day for the safety of our residents,” Schumer said he was glad to arrange the funding to provide the three companies with “the critical, cutting-edge safety equipment they need.”