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Local fire departments encouraged to apply for FEMA grant funding

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Thu, Dec 3rd 2015 07:00 am

Congressman Chris Collins is encouraging local fire departments and emergency medical service providers to apply for federal Assistance to Firefighter Grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

AFG funds assist fire departments and other first responders in procuring the critical equipment and protective gear necessary to best serve their local communities. The funding can also be utilized to acquire training and additional resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel.

FEMA will begin accepting applications from eligible departments beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 15.

"It is important that our local fire companies have the tools and resources they need to keep their members safe and effectively protect our community," Collins said. "FEMA's grant program helps them do just that, and I encourage departments throughout NY-27 to apply."

More information on this year's AFG program can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program. Applicants with further questions or those seeking letters of support from Collins should call the Geneseo District Office at 585-519-4002.

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