Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces Federal Grant for New Boston Emergency Squad Vehicle
August 27, 2007

         Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the Boston Emergency Squad will receive $118,750 in federal Homeland Security funding in the fourth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2007.    The Squad intends to purchase a new ambulance with the grant. 


            “This grant will support the volunteers who work to provide local residents with the most efficient and effective response to emergency medical calls,” said Congressman Higgins. 


            The Boston Emergency Sqaud, Inc.  is a volunteer agency established in 1966 which provides emergency care and emergency ambulance service to the Town of Boston. 


            Over the last several years Congressman Higgins has hosted grant workshops where participants are invited to learn first hand from a DHS 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 emergency service professionals.  Over the last two years, emergency companies in Congressman Higgins’ district have received over $4.5 million dollars. 


            The 2007program, which Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, includes $490 million in direct assistance to firefighters and EMS organizations.  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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