Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Department of Homeland Security is now accepting applications for fiscal year 2014 assistance to firefighters grant program fire prevention and safety grants. Over the past several years, organizations in Western New York have been awarded several hundred thousand dollars through this grant program.
"Fire prevention and awareness are necessary for the safety and well-being of our communities and loved ones," Higgins said. "I encourage local organizations to take advantage of and apply for these federal resources to aid them in protecting the residents they serve."
Fire prevention and safety grants were established to help fire departments and other local organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with the goal of reaching high-risk groups, including children and seniors. Fire prevention initiatives supported by FP&S include smoke alarm installation, fire prevention and public safety education campaigns, juvenile fire-setter interventions and arson prevention and awareness programs.
All applications for FP&S grants must be received by 5 p.m. April 17. Applicants can apply for up to three separate projects in one application. Those interested in applying may use the online application portal at https://www.fema.gov/fire-prevention-safety-grants. Applicants with questions regarding the grants can contact the FP&S help desk at 1-866-274-0960 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or via email at [email protected]. Resources and additional information for applicants are available on FEMA's website.
The National Fire Protection Association states there are approximately 1.1 million firefighters in the U.S., and 69 percent are volunteer.