West Seneca, NY - Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined volunteer firefighters from Reserve Hose Fire Company to announce $197,816 in federal funding awarded to the West Seneca fire department through the Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
“The volunteers from Reserve Hose are the dedicated first responders that local residents, businesses and visitors rely on in emergency situations,” said Congressman Higgins. “This federal funding helps provide these selfless men and women with the vital resources they need to keep themselves and this community safe.”
Reserve Hose was recently awarded two grants through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program which is administered by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The first grant was for $102,816 from the federal government with a match of $11,424 from Reserve Hose for a total of $114,240. These funds were used to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. The new packs replaced 8 year old equipment with only 15-20 minutes of air and working time in a fire or rescue situation. The new packs provide the latest state of the art protection and allow Reserve Hose firefighters to better serve the other fire companies they provide Firefighter Aid and Search Team (FAST) rescue support for with up to 30 minutes of air and working time and protection from materials and chemicals.
The second grant is for $95,000 in federal funding and $5,000 from Reserve for a total program of $100,000. These funds will be used for the purchase of new fire turnout gear (coats, pants, boots and gloves) that will comply with both OSHA and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. The new gear will replace 8 year old gear providing the firefighters with the greatest protection in emergency situations.
“The support and assistance we received from Congressman Higgins was instrumental in our receiving these two grants. The funds are being used to support the efforts of our brave volunteers and alleviate the burden placed on tax payers of the Fire District to support Volunteer Fire Companies” stated Chief Joe Evans and Company President Jim Bochenski.
Last year Congressman Higgins hosted a fire grant workshop to provide local fire companies with the tools necessary to put together a quality grant application. The Congressman will be hosting fire grant workshops again on Wednesday, February 22nd in Chautauqua and Erie Counties.
Reserve Hose Fire Department, founded in 1927, is a 100% volunteer fire company consisting of 80 professionally-trained firefighters. The company protects approximately 15,000 people living within an 11 square mile portion of the Town of West Seneca. In 2005 Reserve Hose volunteers answered 742 emergency calls.