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FIRE COMPANIES ENSURE SUPPORT FOR AIRPORT UNIT

Years of debate and friction between three Cheektowaga fire companies and the NFTA were ended this morning as an agreement was signed for the volunteer firefighters to provide support at Greater Buffalo International Airport.

The agreement ensures that a second-level alarm support will be provided by the U-Crest, Cleveland Hill and Hy-View volunteer fire companies. They would aid the airport's air, fire and rescue unit.

"The signing of the agreement will end the uncertainty of the role and relationship between the airport and the Cheektowaga volunteer fire services," said Dominic Terranova, interim executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

"This has been a long time coming," added NFTA spokesman Daryl Rasuli.

The new agreement will supplant previous fire support arrangements with the Buffalo Fire Department, which had faced increasing problems because of distance and demands in the city.

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