NIAGARA FALLS – The city will receive a new fire training grant of more than $40,000, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced Friday.

The Fire Department has been awarded $42,400 in federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Higgins said.

Niagara Falls Fire Chief Thomas Colangelo said that having applied for numerous grants over the years it is “great to be successful in this instance because fire grounds survival training is essential for the department.”

Congress last year approved more than $337 million for the program, which Higgins said will provide direct assistance to local companies to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations. The Falls department will use the funds for fire training, he said.