Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Fire Grant for Silver Creek
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Silver Creek Volunteer Fire company will receive $33,250 in federal Homeland Security funding in the twentieth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2008.
“Our dedicated volunteer firefighters sacrifice their family time and lives to be available to answer the call at any given moment,” said Congressman Higgins. “This grant provides resources so our local first responders have the tools necessary to protect themselves and the communities they serve.”
Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department was awarded this grant under the AFGP Operations and Safety Program which makes funds available for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and health and safety modifications to station and facilities.
Congressman Higgins has hosted several fire grants workshops where participants are invited to learn first hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of service professionals. Over the last several years, fire companies in Congressman Higgins’ district have received over $ 6.6 million in aid.
The program was originally appropriated by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2008, includes $500 million in direct assistance to firefighters to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States. 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.
For more information about the grant program please contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501.