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Limestone Fire Department gets federal grant of $66,343 for air packs

LIMESTONE – More than $60,000 in federal funding will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatuses for the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department in Cattaraugus County, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand, both D-N.Y., have announced.

The air packs help firefighters breathe in burning buildings and hazardous environments. The $66,343 grant came from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

“We’re a small fire department,” Limestone Fire Chief Mike Soper said in a news release. “We wouldn’t be able to afford these new SCBA’s without these grants from the Department of Homeland Security. We’ve been able to purchase a lot of new, modern equipment that gets us up-to-date and we wouldn’t have been able to do that otherwise.”