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Representing the 27th District of New York

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $247,524 in AFG Grant Funding for the Boston Volunteer Fire Company

Jul 19, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $247,524 in federal funding for the Boston Volunteer Fire Company. The grant was awarded through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Firefighters are the courageous individuals that run toward danger to aid others,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “It is imperative our firefighters are suited with reliable equipment when fighting fires, and departments here in New York’s 27th Congressional District have utilized the AFG program to get the funding assistance they need to keep their members safe. I was proud to work with the Boston Volunteer Fire Company to secure this crucial $247,524 in AFG funding and thank them for their service.”

The Boston Volunteer Fire Company will use this $247,524 federal grant to purchase 35 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. This will provide the Boston Volunteer Fire Department with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation.

"This funding will allow the Boston Fire Department and North Boston Fire Department to replace out of date and damaged SCBAS's. These pieces of equipment are essential to our ability to respond to emergencies safely. We support the federal AFG program and will continue to work with Rep. Collins on this and other important projects," said Chief Patrick Penrod.

The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.