Chautauqua County Receives Over $500,000 in Federal Homeland Security, Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Grants

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Chautauqua County Received Over Half a Million Dollars in Federal Grants homeland securitycounterterrorism and emergency preparedness grants.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced funding for local municipalities and counties to improve their public safety preparedness and response capabilities.

The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services manages targeted grant programs. Programs under which Chautauqua County received funding include $170,713 from the State Homeland Security Program. This program provides funds to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic disasters.

The county also received $53,300 from Operation Stonegarden Grant Program. This grant provides critical funding to improve cooperation and coordination among federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies through the support of joint operations along the northern border.

The county received $105,550 through the Technical Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program. This program focuses on improving technical and USAR rescue teams for local emergency responders conducting search and rescue operations involving structural collapses, trenches, confined spaces, and rope rescues.

Chautauqua County also received $85,000 to equip and train FBI-accredited bomb squads to locate and prevent potential emergencies caused by improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

The Chautauqua County HazMat Team will receive $90,700 through the Hazardous Materials Targeted Grant Program. The team can use this funding to obtain and maintain essential equipment, implement the HazMat team accreditation program, conduct training and exercises, and develop and update HazMat response plans.

And $15,000 was received from Explosives Detection Canine Team Grant Program. Funding from this program provides local law enforcement agencies with active assistance to highway patrols to develop and improve their canine explosive detection capabilities.

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