FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $85,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR WENDELVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.; INVESTMENT MEANS NEW PROTECTIVE GEAR FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Funding Comes From DHS AFG Program That Promotes Effective Firefighting Operation
Wendelville Volunteer Fire Will Use Funds to Purchase New Gear for 34 Volunteers
Schumer Has Continually Pushed for Funding to Assist Fire Departments and First Responders
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company will receive a grant totaling $85,434 in Round 11 of the FY11 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG awards are administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are designed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company, in Niagara County, will use this funding to replace worn out boots, jackets, and gloves to benefit 34 volunteer firefighters.
"This investment is great news for the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company, as it means that first responders will be better equipped to quickly and safely respond to emergencies in the region,” said Schumer. “These funds will help ensure that our local heroes have the critically important turn out gear that protects them during fires, and allows them to continue to do their life-saving work as efficiently and safely as possible.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) provides funding to local fire departments to help them improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the Department's United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program's priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.firegrantsupport.com/ .