Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Fire Grant for Niagara Falls
Jan 4, 2013
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department has been awarded $42,400 in federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to announce that Niagara Falls is receiving the first federal fire grant in the new 26th Congressional district,” said Higgins, who brings in Department of Homeland Security officials to Western New York each year to provide fire grant workshops.
"Providing the best fire safety service possible is a top priority of my administration. With Congressman Higgins' support, Niagara Falls was able to secure federal assistance, so we can help Niagara Falls Firefighters keep our neighbors safe," said Mayor Paul Dyster. "These are difficult financial times, making Department of Homeland Security grants all the more important."
The City of Niagara Falls Fire Department answers more than 4,000 calls annually, providing first responder services to the more than 50,000 residents of Niagara Falls and the over 12 million tourists who visit the area each year. The department plans to use the funding for firefighter training.
Last year Congress approved over $337 million for the AFG program which will provide direct assistance to local companies improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations throughout the United States. All applications are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP) administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
Congressman Higgins serves as a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and its subcommittees on Border and Maritime Security & Counterterrorism and Intelligence.