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Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Fire Grant for Stanley Hose

Jan 9, 2009
Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Stanley Hose Company Inc. in Sherman, NY will receive $20,710 in federal Homeland Security funding in the eighteenth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2008.

“Each and every day our firefighters fulfill a selfless mission and put their lives on the line to save the lives of their neighbors,” said Congressman Higgins.  “This funding provides our local first responders with additional resources to protect themselves and the communities they serve.”

The volunteer Stanley Hose Company Inc. 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.  According to Joel Fisher, Director of the fire department, the company plans to use the funding to purchase a new heart monitor for their ambulance.  He also confirmed this is the third year in a row the department has received funding through this federal program.  

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.