Constituent Services
Congressman Higgins Announces $24,700 for Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company
November 30, 2007

         Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. has been awarded $24,700 in federal Homeland Security funding in the sixteenth round of Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) awards for fiscal year 2007. 


            “Each and every day our firefighters fulfill a selfless mission and put 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 fire company has been awarded this grant under the AFGP Operations and Safety Program which makes funds available for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and health and safety modifications to stations and facilities.


            Established in 1933, the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Company provides comprehensive fire suppression, rescue, fire police, public safety education and advanced life support emergency medical services to the Town of Evans community.  The department responds to some 600 emergencies each year, protecting a 10-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway and serving approximately 1,500 residential and 150 commercial and industrial customers in the Angola Fire Protection District.


            The fire company will use the funds to purchase a new state-of-the-art cardiac monitor and defibrillator, along with other AEDs-Automatic External Defibrillators. The Evans Center Fire Company is the sole Paramedic-level volunteer EMS provider in their town. These new units will ensure that every first response vehicle and their fire station will be equipped with these life saving tools for cardiac emergencies.


            Over the last several years Congressman Higgins has hosted fire grant workshops where 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 $5 million dollars. 


            The 2007 program, which Congress appropriated, and President Bush signed into law, includes $490 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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