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Niagara County receives federal grant for firefighter radios

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Posted at 6:17 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 06:17:20-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara County Legislature accepted a $2.1 million grant, approved by the Department of Homeland Security, to enhance radio communication for county firefighters.

With the funding, Niagara County will buy new P-25 compliant portable radios for all partner fire companies.

“Radios are as important to our firefighters as good protective clothing when it comes to entering a burning building to put out a fire or more importantly to save a life,” said Niagara County Legislator, David Godfrey. “The dangers when inside a raging inferno are no less than life-threatening and can happen without warning, possibly trapping the firefighter.”

Congressman Chris Collins also voiced his approval of this funding:

“Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is an excellent use of federal resources,” Collins stated. “Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. This AFG program funding will provide the Niagara County Fire Service with upgraded radios to ensure they have efficient and effective equipment when responding to emergencies.”