Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Frewsburg Fire Department will receive $109,678 in federal Homeland Security funding in the seventeenth 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.”
Last year Congressman Higgins hosted grant workshops in the Cities of Buffalo and Jamestown. On Tuesday, February 20th the Congressman will again offer federal fire grant workshops at the Chautauqua Institution and at the Buffalo Irish Center. 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. Over the last two years, fire companies in Congressman Higgins’ district have received over $4.5 million dollars.
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.