Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces $124,188 in Federal Funding for Erie County Fire Departments
September 21, 2005
Buffalo, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Forks Fire District #3 in Cheektowaga and West Falls Volunteer Fire Company will receive $40,879 and $83,309, respectively, in federal funding in the Round 6 Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP).
 
“These grants are an immediate boost to our Erie County fire departments,” said Congressman Higgins.  “They make the lives of all Western New Yorkers safer by providing departments with much needed equipment and resources.  Our brave men and women in Erie 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 since the grants fill vital community needs.  The battle to adequately compensate our firefighters and first responders is far from over, however.  I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure the Federal Government makes this a priority.” 
 
The Fire District #3 and West Falls Volunteer Fire Company 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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