SLOAN, NY - Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was joined by Erie County Legislator Timothy Kennedy, Village of Sloan Mayor Leonard C. Szymanski and volunteers from Sloan Active Hose No. 1 to announce the fire company will receive $56,715 in federal funding in the 9th round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) for fiscal year 2005.
“The first line of defense for Homeland Security starts right here in our local neighborhoods,” said Congressman Higgins. “Equipment upgrades and new training programs provide protection for our community and the brave firefighters who selflessly dedicate their lives to safeguard the lives of others.”
Sloan Active Hose Company No. 1 was awarded its grant under the Operations and Firefighter Safety Program, which is dedicated to funding training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
“This funding goes a long way in efforts to provide our first responders with the vital resources they need to carry out the noble service they have chosen,” said Legislator Kennedy.
The Sloan Active Hose Company intends to use the grant to purchase a number of items including: breathing apparatus, a hose rack, turnout gear lockers, turnout gear washer and dryer, cascade/fill station, an automated external defibrillator and a vehicle exhaust system.
“We would like to thank the Congressman for his support for the Assistance to Firefighters program which makes this funding possible and we look forward to continued collaboration on issues that improve the lives of the residents of Sloan,” said Mayor Szymanski.
The 2005 program, which Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, includes $650 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.
“This grant will help us achieve our short and long term goals of improving firefighter safety by giving our members the best equipment, the safest gear, and the most diverse training we can offer,” added Sloan Fire Chiefs Scott Prell, Barry Ping and Phil Spider. “And as a result of these continued efforts, we feel that we are in a better position to come to the aid of our surrounding community whenever we are called.”
Sloan Active Hose Company has approximately 45 active volunteers who answer over 320 calls annually.
In March of this year, Congressman Higgins’ office held a fire grant workshop at the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, where assistance was given to local fire departments in completing grant applications for this AFGP funding. For more information about the grant program please contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 852-3501.