Rochester, N.Y., receives funds to fight CBRN threat

The fire department of Rochester, New York, will receive $520,000 in federal money to help improve its response capability in the case of a biological, chemical, radiological or chemical attack, according to a September 2 announcement by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D – N.Y.).

The funds are being generated by the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, created by the Federal Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

The Rochester Fire Department intends to use the grant money to prepare its response to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. It also intends to purchase a heavy rescue vehicle that can be used for special operations.

In early August, the University of Rochester Medical Center received $15 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research into how best to respond to the detonation of a radiological explosive device by terrorists.

In 2005, the URMC received $21 million to begin research into the effects of radiation and the United State’s ability to treat radiation injury, according to Homeland Security Newswire.

Rochester, a city of 220,000 located in western New York, has more than 500 firefighters and support personnel. The city is the third largest in New York and boasts the state’s largest regional economy after New York City.

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