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Congressman Chris Collins Secures $29,232 & $145,153 in AFG Program Funding for the Woodlawn & Wendelville Volunteer Fire Companies, Respectively

Sep 14, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $29,232 in federal funding for the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company and $145,153 for the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company. Both grants were 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.

“When our local firefighters arrive at the scene of an emergency, it is critically important they are able to quickly and safely locate any person in need of assistance,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “This $174,385 in total AFG funds for the Woodlawn and Wendelville volunteer fire companies will help them purchase new equipment and save more lives. I am glad this investment is being made in New York’s 27th Congressional District and I look forward to working with all of our local departments who participate in the AFG Program.”

The Woodlawn VFC will use this $29,232 federal grant to purchase new thermal imaging cameras. These newly purchased cameras will significantly improve the Company’s ability to locate victims in need of assistance during emergencies of all types.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to get this funding,” said Kevin Jewett, Chief of the Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Company. “We will be able to replace our old thermal imaging cameras so that in the event of a fire we can locate victims and keep our firefighters safe. We will continue to work with Rep. Collins on issues impacting our local fire departments.”

The Wendelville VFC will receive $145,153 in AFG program funding that will be used to purchase 26 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs. The 26 new SCBAs will provide members of the Wendelville VFC with breathable air when responding to an emergency situation.

“This important funding will allow the department to purchase 26 new air packs,” said Mark Walter, Chief of the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company. “This equipment is critical for keeping our firefighters and community safe. Our department looks forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to support local first responders and ensure they have the tools they need to save lives and protect property.”

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.