FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $88,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR LAKE VIEW FIRE DISTRICT; INVESTMENT MEANS VITAL RADIO UPGRADES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Funding Comes From DHS AFG Program That Promotes Effective Firefighting Operation
Lake View Fire Will Use Funds to Purchase New Radios in Line with Erie County Switch to High-Band Frequency
Schumer Has Continually Pushed for Funding to Assist Fire Departments and First Responders
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Lake View Fire District will receive a grant totaling $88,347 in Round 15 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 Lake View Fire District, in Erie County, will use this funding to purchase new mobile and rig based radios to facilitate the county wide switch to VHF, a high band frequency for first responders.
"With these funds, Lake View firefighters will have the proper equipment to safely respond to emergencies in the region,” said Schumer. “This investment will help ensure that our local heroes have the updated radio capabilities that will allow them to efficiently and effectively keep residents safe.”
Schumer was a sponsor of the legislation that led to the creation of this funding program for local governments and fire departments to help defray the rising costs of equipment and fire prevention. The Operations and Firefighter Safety Program funds can go towards training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program assists local fire departments in programs and activities to 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/ .