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Congressman Chris Collins Secures $179,952 in AFG Program Funding for the Richmond Fire Department & Gasport Chemical Hose Co.

Aug 16, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $128,667 in federal funding for the Gasport Chemical Hose Company and $51,285 for the Richmond Fire Department. Both of these grants, which total $179,952, 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 local first responders need to be suited with the best equipment to ensure they’re able to do their jobs and protect our communities,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Both of these AFG awards will help create more effective and efficient firefighters and will play an important role in keeping NY-27 safe. I was proud to work with the Gasport Chemical Hose Company and the Richmond Fire Department to secure this $179,952 in AFG funding.”

The Gasport Chemical Hose Company will use this $128,667 federal grant to purchase 21 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. This will provide members of the Company with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation. 

“This grant will allow our department to purchase 21 SCBAs,” said Christopher Wesolek, Chief of the Gasport Chemical Hose Company. “Updated SCBA’s are critically important to protecting our firefighters and making sure they are able to keep our community safe. We appreciate Congressman Collins’ aggressive advocacy on behalf of local fire departments and look forward to working with him in the future.”

The Richmond Fire Department will utilize this $51,285 federal grant to purchase a new SCBA filling station. By allowing members to regularly refill their SCBAs with breathable air, the new filling station will enhance the Department’s emergency-response capabilities. 

“This $51,285 grant will help us purchase a compressor so we can fill our own SCBAs and support surrounding departments,” said Rick Frost, Chief of the Richmond Fire Department. “Being able to fill our own SCBAs is critical to firefighter safety and will allow us to better protect the community. We will continue to work with Congressman Collins and his office to support local 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.