Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Grants for Erie County Fire Departments
February 7, 2007
Buffalo, NY— Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that three Erie County Fire Departments will be receiving federal Homeland Security funding in the sixteenth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2006.  The Eden Fire Company Incorporated Department No. 1 will receive $22,823, the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company in Hamburg will receive $156,917, and the Boston Emergency Squad will receive $80,747.
"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 departments were 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.
The Congressman will offer federal fire grant workshops again in Erie and Chautauqua Counties later this month.  The dates for the workshops are:
Chautauqua County Workshop
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Noon – 2:00pm
Chautauqua Institution
Bellinger Hall
Route 394
Erie County Workshop
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
6:00 – 8:00pm
Buffalo Irish Center
245 Abbott Rd.
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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