Congressman Chris Collins has announced $118,137 in federal funding for three local fire companies. The local fire companies are the Depew Fire Co., the Bergen Fire Department and the Upper Mountain Fire Co. The grants were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.
"Providing the necessary funding for our first responders is an excellent use of federal resources," Collins said. "Our local heroes need the proper resources to do their jobs and protect our communities. Many small fire companies are unable to purchase necessary equipment upgrades due to financial limitations. This funding will provide new breathing apparatus, nozzles and hoses, equipment to prepare for chemical fires, and hydraulic rescue tools creating more efficient and effective first responders. I am proud I was able to help secure this money."
Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase a new self-contained breathing apparatus filling station for Bergen. Depew will use the funds to replace aging hoses and nozzles, some of which have not been upgraded since the 1960s, and purchase foam educators to better prepare for chemical fires. Upper Mountain will purchase hydraulic rescue tools.