Congressman Chris Collins has announced $176,703 in federal funding for two local fire companies: Naples Fire Department in Livingston County, and Rapids Fire Co. in the Town of Lockport. The grants were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is designed to help fire 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 turnout gear and portable radios creating more efficient and effective first responders. I am proud I was able to help them secure this money."
Specifically, the funding will be used to purchase new and additional turnout gear for Rapids after its membership increased dramatically. Naples will use the funding to purchase additional portable radios enhancing on-scene communication amongst its first responders.