Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins To Host Grant Workshops for Local Firefighters
February 2, 2007

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced he will host two workshops for local firefighters interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   At the workshops, participants are invited to learn first hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application.  All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals. 


            “These workshops play an important role in maximizing the opportunity to bring federal dollars back to Western New York,” said Congressman Higgins.  “With fiscal year 2006 grants still coming in, in the last 24 months alone 51 fire companies in the 27th Congressional district have been awarded federal funds totaling over $4.254 million dollars.”


            This is the third consecutive year Congressman Higgins has sponsored these workshops.  Below is the schedule for the 2007 workshops:


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Noon – 2:00pm

Chautauqua County Workshop

Chautauqua Institution

Bellinger Hall

Route 394


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

6:00 – 8:00pm

Erie County Workshop

Buffalo Irish Center

245 Abbot Rd.


Fiscal Year 2007 funding for fire grants has yet to be considered, however the 2006 program, which Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, included $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. 


There are 1.1 million active firefighters in the United States, 73 percent of which are volunteers. 


For more information on the fire grant program, please contact Congressman Higgins’ Buffalo office at 716-852-3501.

Washington, DC Office
431 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3306
Fax: 202-226-0347

Erie County Office
Larkin at Exchange
726 Exchange Street
Suite 601
Buffalo, NY 14210
Phone: 716-852-3501
Fax: 716-852-3929
Chautauqua County Office
Fenton Building
2 East Second Street
Suite 300
Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: 716-484-0729
Fax: 716-484-1049