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Volunteer fire department in Kenmore receives $217,429 federal grant

The Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company in Kenmore was awarded $217,429 in federal funds that will be used to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus.

The SCBA equipment provides breathable air to firefighters and rescue workers in smoke-filled situations.

Ellwood Fire District No. 1 Commissioner Kelly Blount noted that the grant will allow the department to purchase new equipment to replace outdated breathing apparatus.

"This grant will help us keep our tax dollars down," Blount said in a press release. "Our SCBA Air Packs are over 19 years old, so this grant will keep our firefighters safe."

The funding was allocated through a competitive grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and was announced Monday by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

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