Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced Forks Fire District will receive $84,550 in federal Homeland Security funding in the tenth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2006. This comes just a week after Forks was awarded $17,000 in federal assistance for recruitment efforts through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program.
“Our dedicated volunteer firefighters sacrifice their family time and lives to be available to answer the call at any given moment,” said Congressman Higgins. “This grant provides resources so our local first responders have the tools necessary to protect themselves and the communities they serve.”
Established in 1911, Forks Fire District No. 3 has a main hall on Broadway in the Town of Cheektowaga with a sub-station on the corner of Nagel Drive and South Creek. The department was awarded this grant under the Operations and Firefighter Safety Program, which is dedicated to funding training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
In March of 2005, 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 funding. On February 22, 2006 Congressman Higgins again hosted grant workshops in the Cities of Buffalo and Jamestown.
The 2006 program, which Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, includes $485 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.