Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced that the City of Buffalo Fire Department has been awarded $58,730 in Homeland Security funding in the fifteenth round of Fire Prevention and Safety grants for fiscal year 2006.
“These resources play an important role in safeguarding the community and the dedicated first responders who work to protect and serve this City,” said Congressman Higgins.
"Through the diligence and effective leadership of Congressman Higgins and the members of Buffalo's federal legislative delegation, the Buffalo Fire Department will utilize this federal grant to continue its ongoing effort to improve and upgrade equipment and technology throughout the Department, which will benefit all residents of Buffalo," said Mayor Byron W. Brown.
The City intends to use the funding for: technology upgrades to the Fire Investigation Bureau; surveillance cameras for “in the field” fire investigations; home safety literature for outreach at City events; and smoke detectors and carbon monoxide for distribution to residents.
"The Buffalo Fire Department is extremely pleased to be able to partner with the federal government in an effort to better protect the citizens of Buffalo from the threat of fire,” added Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo. “I want to thank our local federal delegation for their assistance, as it would be impossible to bring these types of projects to our area without the help of our federal partners."
Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants are intended to help local organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with the primary goal of reaching high-risk target groups including children, seniors and firefighters. Twenty-seven million dollars was made available in the fiscal year 2006 budget for FP&S grants. FP&S is part of a larger Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) program administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the US Fire Administration.
For three consecutive years Congressman Higgins has hosted fire grant workshops where local firefighters were invited to learn first hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. With fiscal year 2006 grants still coming in, in the last 24 months alone fire companies in the 27th Congressional district have been awarded federal funds totaling over $4.55 million dollars.
For more information about the fire grant program please contact Congressman Higgins’ office at 716-852-3501.