Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces $617,500 in Federal
August 24, 2005
Lackawanna, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Lackawanna Fire Department will receive $617,500 in 2005 Department of Homeland Security funding in the first round of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP). 
“This grant to the Lackawanna Fire Department will be a tremendous help in their purchase of a new aerial vehicle,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Our brave men and women in Lackawanna—our first responders—put their lives on the line on a daily basis, protect the people in their City and throughout the entire region, and are most deserving of these grants, especially ones that will fill vital community needs.  I will continue to fight in Congress for increased funding for our firefighters and first responders who need far more than the federal government is giving them.” 
 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.  The Lackawanna Fire Department was awarded funding through the Firefighting Vehicles Acquisition Program. The program includes the acquisition of pumpers, brush trucks, tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats. 
 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. 

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