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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $83,334 in AFG Funding for the Cowlesville Fire Company

Aug 10, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $83,334 in federal funding for the Cowlesville 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.

“The AFG program is a prudent use of federal funds that helps our local first responders replace outdated equipment, develop new training initiatives, and enhance their emergency communication systems,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “In this case, the Cowlesville Fire Company will utilize this $83,334 in federal funding to purchase new radio equipment so their members can communicate without disruption during fire emergencies. I’m glad the Cowlesville Fire Company will now be able to purchase this critical equipment and I look forward to working with NY-27 first responders to access AFG program funding in the future.”

The Cowlesville Fire Company will use this $83,334 federal grant to purchase new emergency radios. These newly purchased emergency radios will significantly improve the Company’s operational efficiency when responding to emergencies of all types.

“This important federal funding will allow our department to purchase updated radio and communications equipment,” said John Taylor, Assistant Chief of the Cowlesville Fire Company. “This is critical for keeping our members safe and effectively protecting the community. We will continue to work with Rep. Collins to support federal funding that assist local fire departments and first responders”

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.