The Hamburg Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $235,319 federal grant for operations and safety improvements.
"This grant will provide equipment to better protect the selfless men and women who volunteer to protect Hamburg neighborhoods," said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.
Fire Chief David O'Brien said the company plans to buy 46 new self-contained breathing apparatuses, including air packs, tanks and masks, to protect firefighters entering fire- and smoke-filled buildings.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the Assistance to Firefighters grant program. Congress approved $337.5 million for the program this year.