Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Grant Opportunities for Fire and Emergency Services
June 1, 2006
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) is announcing the Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) Grants.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing their ability to ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.
 
 “Western New York’s volunteer and career firefighters play an essential role in homeland and community protection,” said Congressman Higgins.  “I encourage local organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for resources which can assist with recruitment and retention efforts.”
 
 This year Congress appropriated $110 million for the SAFER program. 
 
 Applications are available on the Department of Homeland Security website for the Assistance to Firefighters program at www.firegrantsupport.com.  The website also provides information on program priorities, frequently asked questions, and an applicant tutorial.  All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2006. 
 
 Applicants with questions can contact the SAFER grant help desk at 1-866-274-0960 or firegrants@dhs.gov.  For more information or assistance feel free to contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501.
 
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