Buffalo, NY--Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company in Blasdell will receive $9,500 in federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) for fiscal year 2005. This is the first round of funding released specifically dedicated to fire prevention and safety.
“The selfless firefighters from Big Tree Fire Company have a seventy year tradition of protecting and serving local residents,” said Congressman Higgins. “These federal resources play a vital role as they continue to fulfill their mission.”
The fire department was awarded this grant under the Fire Prevention and Safety Program designed to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters in areas such as arson prevention, code enforcement, safety training, public awareness, multi-hazard prevention and smoke alarm campaigns.
In March of 2005, 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 funding. On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 Congressman Higgins will again host grant workshops in the Cities of Buffalo and Jamestown.
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.
For more information about the grant program please contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 852-3501.