Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Grant for Big Tree Fire Company
January 31, 2007

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will receive $51,110 in federal Homeland Security funding in the fifteenth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2006. 


            “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.”         


            Founded in 1936, Big Tree Fire Co. operates out of two locations in the Town of Hamburg with its primary station on South Park Avenue and a sub-station on Bay View Road.  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.


            On February 22, 2006 Congressman Higgins hosted grant workshops in the Cities of Buffalo and Jamestown.  The Congressman will offer federal fire grant workshops again this February.


            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. 


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