Buffalo, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company in Hamburg will receive $47,500 in the 7th round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) for fiscal year 2005.
“This grant to the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department will serve as a tremendous help,” said Congressman Higgins. “These grants enable departments to have access to needed equipment and resources, which in turn makes the lives of all Western New Yorkers safer. 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. 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 Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department was 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.
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 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.