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Homeland Security grants go to fire departments in Dunkirk, Franklinville

Two federal grants totaling $394,870 will provide equipment for the Dunkirk Fire Department in Chautauqua County and the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department in Cattaraugus County.

A $360,000 grant, allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will allow Dunkirk to purchase a burn trailer simulator. The simulator will be used to train first responders in interior firefighting techniques, according to a release from Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both D-N.Y., who announced the grants Monday.

The Dunkirk department’s current simulator has been unusable for years.

A separate $34,870 grant will be spent for new hoses, fittings, nozzles and valves in Franklinville.

“We’re very happy about receiving this grant, for sure,” said Lt. James Hyland of the Dunkirk Fire Department. “It’s going to go a long way towards keeping our firemen safe and well-trained in fighting interior fires.”

Said Jon Hyman, chief of the Franklinville department, “It’s really important for us to have the most up-to-date equipment so that we can fight fires in the best way possible to keep the community and our firefighters safe from harm.”