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The City of Batavia Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant for more than $60,000.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the news today. The federal funding was allocated to help the City of Batavia Fire Department train new recruits to replace recently retired personnel, increase its extrication capabilities, assist its technical rescue incidents and provide training for new equipment. 

“We’re thrilled," Chief Jim Maxwell said. "It’s definitely something that will help the organization work and move into the future with the equipment and additional funding for training.”

The City of Batavia Fire Department provides fire and emergency response services to over 16,000 residents in Batavia. The fire department is currently supported by a staff of 37 trained full-time firefighters.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program was established by FEMA in order to increase the nation’s emergency response preparation.

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