Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $176,703 in Grants for Two Local Fire Companies
Congressman Chris Collins today announced $176,703 in federal funding for two local fire companies. The local fire companies are Naples Fire Department in Ontario County and Rapids Fire Company in the Town of Lockport. The grants were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help fire responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.
“Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is an excellent use of federal resources,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. Many small fire companies are unable to purchase necessary equipment upgrades due to financial limitations. This funding will provide new turnout gear and portable radios creating more efficient and effective first responders. I am proud I was able to help them secure this money.”
Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase new and additional turnout gear for Rapids Fire Company after its membership increased dramatically. Naples Fire Department will use the funding to purchase additional portable radios enhancing on-scene communication amongst its first responders.