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NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda Fire Department has been awarded a $40,644 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The money will be used to buy four new laptop computers and necessary software to train new fire compliance officers in a 120-hour fire compliance course.

City firefighter and grant writer Robert Orlowski said, “The funding will allow for four firefighters to be trained and certified in code compliance so we can better protect multiple-dwelling residences and businesses during an emergency situation.”

Orlowski noted that the grant will allow for the purchase and installation of mobile data terminals in two command vehicles to provide immediate access to collected information in the field at the scene of an emergency.