Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the City of Jamestown Fire Department will receive $19,800 in federal Homeland Security funding in the fifteenth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2006.
“Each and every day our firefighters fulfill a selfless mission that puts their lives on the line to save the lives of their neighbors,” said Congressman Higgins. “This funding provides our local first responders with additional resources to protect themselves and the communities they serve.”
The professional firefighters at Jamestown Fire Department operate out of four locations including Ladder 1 at City Hall and stations on Newland Avenue, Allen Street and Fairmount Avenue. 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.