Buffalo, NY – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $48,556 in federal funding for South Wales Fire District No. 1 in Erie County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. Specifically, South Wales Fire District No. 1 will use the funding to purchase a new air compressor for filling self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units.
“It is essential that we provide our firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense for safety and security—it is critical that we do all we can to ensure that they are well equipped and prepared to take on any emergency.”
“These funds will allow our first responders to access the up-to-date equipment they need to do their jobs safely,” said Senator Gillibrand. “We need to do everything we can to protect our first responders and ensure they have the tools they need to keep themselves and our communities safe, and I will always fight in the Senate to make sure they are given the support they deserve.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Grants are administered by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the Department’s United States Fire Administration. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis to the applicants that most closely address the program’s priorities and demonstrate financial need. More information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program can be accessed at http://www.fema.gov/firegrants.