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Monday, October 27, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
ALBANY — Niagara County will receive $249,016 from three grant programs designed to protect critical infrastructure, increase rescue team capabilities, and bring tactical response team capabilities in line with the state standards, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

The funding was part of $4.4 million that was awarded statewide.

“This funding will go a long way toward strengthening the network of locally-based emergency response infrastructure across New York,” Cuomo said. “By assisting communities in protecting their infrastructure and ensuring that our first responders to receive up-to-date training, we will be able to keep New Yorkers safer and better protected in their time of need.”

The funding, administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will support three key areas of proactive defense. The 2014 Critical Infrastructure Grant Program will provide $435,000 in funding to protect critical infrastructure, the 2014 Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program will award $2 million to increase technical rescue team capabilities, and the Tactical Team Targeted Grant Program will provide $2 Million in funding to assist with the standardization of tactical teams statewide and bring them in line with the accepted Division of Criminal Justice Services standards for operation and training.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “Providing local governments with the funds necessary to support the New York State Homeland Security Strategy is essential to keeping our residents, and those who visit our state, safe. These programs assist first responders by allowing them to enhance their abilities to protect life and property.”

The county received $49,341 of the $435,000 funding statewide under the Critical Infrastructure Grant Program, designed to protect critical infrastructure, including special events or seasonal at-risk locations.

The county also received $99,675 of the $2 million awarded under the competitive Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program to allow local emergency response teams to enhance their rescue-related capabilities related to structural collapse, trench, confined space, waterway, flood, and rope rescue response operations.

Finally, the county is being granted $100,000 of a total of $2 million in funding awarded under the Tactical Team grant program, which focuses on sustaining, maintaining, and improving teams currently in action and to work to enhance their existing capabilities, specifically for IED or counter-terrorism missions. This is being done through the implementation of adopted statewide standards as set forth by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

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