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Congressman Collins Secures $42,066 in SAFER Grant Program Funding for the Lancaster Fire Department

Sep 14, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $42,066 in federal funding for the Lancaster Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.

“Today I am proud to announce the Lancaster Fire Department will receive $42,066 in SAFER grant program funding that will be used to enhance the Department’s outreach efforts so they can recruit new firefighters,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The SAFER grant program has had a significant impact on New York’s 27th Congressional District, as many of our departments find it difficult to fund the high costs associated with recruitment campaigns. These funds will benefit Lancaster residents for years to come and I want to thank the Lancaster Fire Department’s members for their selfless service.”

The Lancaster Fire Department will use this $42,066 in SAFER grant program funding to support volunteer recruitment efforts through advertising and outreach campaigns.

“The SAFER grant will help support our efforts to recruit and retain members,” said Bill Shroeder, Lancaster Village Mayor. “The funding will allow us to have the resources we need to recruit new members and keep the ones we have. Without grant funding we would not be able to create a program like this. We look forward to continuing our work with Rep. Collins on issues important to local fire departments.”

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.