Congressman Chris Collins Announces $100,953 Grant for the Boston Volunteer Fire Company
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $100,953 in federal funding for the Boston Volunteer Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.
“Oftentimes, volunteer fire departments in our local communities are faced with significant financial limitations that restrict their access to new equipment and training,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The AFG program allows our local fire departments and EMS organizations to apply for funding assistance in an effort to maintain safety standards for its first responders and allow them to keep our communities safe. I am honored to help the Boston Volunteer Fire Department secure this vital funding.”
“Access to grant funding through the AFG program is critical for smaller departments like ours,” said Patrick Penrod, Boston Volunteer Fire Department Chief. “This funding will now allow us to purchase much needed protective equipment and new turnout gear to keep our volunteers safe while we protect our community. We look forward to working with Congressman Collins in the future and support his efforts to increase AFG funding.”
This federal grant will allow the Boston Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new turnout gear. This personal protective equipment will ensure the safety of the first responders as they respond to emergencies of all types.
The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.