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WNY to share in state grants for first responders

Western New York cities and counties will share in $738,947 in grants from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to protect the critical infrastructure, rescue team capabilities and tactical response team capabilities of first responder teams.

The money, part of more than $4 million in grants going to municipalities statewide, are designed to “strengthening the network of locally-based emergency response infrastructure,” statewide, according to Gov. Amdrew M. Cuomo.

Erie County will get $50,000 for studying infrastructure programs. Emergency response team grants will go to Allegany County, $98,946; City of Batavia, $100,000; Chautauqua County, $99,522; Erie County, $100,000; Niagara County, $99,675. Tactical team grants will go to the City of Buffalo, $90,804 and Niagara County, $100,000.

Jerome M. Hauer, commissioner of the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, said the grants are designed to “assist first responders by allowing them to enhance their abilities to protect life and property.”