Congressman Chris Collins Secures $160,514 in AFG Funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department & South Wales Fire District No. 1
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $111,958 in federal funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and $48,556 in federal funding for the South Wales Fire District No. 1. Both of these grants, which total $160,514, were allocated 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.
“Our courageous firefighters must be able to operate effectively when responding to any type of emergency in our communities,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The AFG program has helped NY-27 fire departments purchase new equipment, make improvements to their communication systems, and keep their members safe. I was proud to work with the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and the South Wales Fire District No. 1 to secure this $160,514 in federal funding so they can continue protecting their members and fellow neighbors.”
The Village of Warsaw Fire Department will use this $111,958 federal grant to purchase new fire hoses and nozzles. The newly purchased hoses and nozzles will help the Department meet safety standards and mitigate their ongoing maintenance and repair costs.
“This important federal grant will allow our department to update outdated equipment that will allow us to better serve our community,” said Joseph Cummins, Chief of the Village of Warsaw Fire Department “I appreciate Rep. Collins’ efforts and we will continue to work with him on issues related to the fire service.”
The South Wales Fire District No. 1 will utilize this $48,556 federal grant to purchase a new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) filling station. By allowing members to regularly refill their SCBAs with breathable air, the new filling station will enhance the District’s emergency-response capabilities.
“This grant will be used for an SCBA filling station, which will greatly help us in getting back in service after calls,” said Michael McClure, Chief of the South Wales Fire District No. 1. “Previously, we had to rely on neighboring fire companies to fill our SCBA's. This will allow us to better protect the local community and we look forward to working with Rep. Collins in the future.”
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.