Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces $204,155 in Federal Funding for Chautauqua County Fire Departments
August 31, 2005
Jamestown, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that two fire departments in Chautauqua County will receive federal funding in the Round 3 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP).  The Village of Sinclairville’s Volunteer Fire Company #1 will receive $78,242 and the Fire Department of Westfield will receive $125,913.
“These grants will be a tremendous help to our Chautauqua County fire and volunteer fire departments,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Our brave men and women in Chautauqua County—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.” 
The above two companies were awarded funding for the Operations and Firefighter Safety Program.  This program includes training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
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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