(WKBW release) New York Congressman Brian Higgins announced Monday he will host two workshops in June for local firefighters interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Participants are invited to learn first-hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application. All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.
“The federal fire grant process is highly competitive and will get more so as resources become limited,” said Higgins, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “Our workshops give local firefighters the best opportunity to try to bring these federal dollars home.”’
Over the last 6 years fire companies in Congressman Higgins district have received nearly $14.7 million, including over 50 awards totaling over $3.5 million to stations in Chautauqua County and approximately 100 awards adding up to more than $11.1 million for departments in Erie County.
Below are the details on this year’s workshops:
Monday, June 27
Thompson Hall W101
(Parking available in the lot immediately across Academic Avenue as well as on Symphony Circle)
Tuesday, June 28
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Church Hall
200 Como Park Blvd.
In FY2011 Congress appropriated $370 million for the AFG program for competitive grants to fire departments and non-affiliated EMS organizations to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness administers the program, in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. There are 1.1 million active firefighters in the United States, 73 percent of which are volunteers.