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Representing the 27th District of New York

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Collins, Reed Secure $68,550 in SAFER Grant Program Funding for the Naples Volunteer Fire Department

Sep 7, 2017
Press Release

Congressmen Chris Collins (NY-27) and Tom Reed (NY-23) today announced $68,550 in federal funding for the Naples Volunteer Fire Department, which serves residents of both New York’s 23rd and 27thCongressional District. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.

“This $68,550 in AFG funding will help the Naples Fire Department grow its membership and continue serving local residents for years to come,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Throughout all eight counties in New York’s 27thCongressional District, thousands of volunteer firefighters are ready to put their lives on the line for their fellow neighbors. By helping volunteer departments recruit more members, the SAFER Grant Program has the ability to significantly improve the safety of communities across the country. I was glad to work with my New York colleague, Congressman Reed, to secure this federal funding for the Naples Volunteer Fire Department and the Finger Lakes region.”

“In order to ensure that our communities are served at all times, our fire departments need the necessary budget to hire and retain enough staff,” said Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23). “This grant funding will help to accomplish that, which in turn will make our communities safer. I am happy to have worked with my friend Congressman Chris Collins to secure this funding for our region.”

The Naples Fire Department will use this $68,550 in federal funding to enhance its marketing efforts. The Department will purchase a new LED sign to display new recruitment advertisements to help encourage member retention and recruitment. 

“This important funding will assist in our efforts to retain members and recruitment new firefighters. Volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention is a top priority of the department as we work to keep our community safe. We will continue to work with both Congressman Reed and Congressman Collins to ensure our department has the resources to protect the Naples community,” said Patrick Elwell, Chief of the Naples Volunteer Fire Department.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.