Congressman Chris Collins announced $70,050 in federal funding for the Upper Mountain Fire Co. in Lewiston. The grant was 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.
"We need to ensure that the first responders who are putting their life on the line to protect our communities are kept safe and protected at all times," Collins said. "Unfortunately, due to financial limitations and the high costs of new equipment, many fire companies and emergency medical service providers are in need of financial assistance. The AFG Program will continue to help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Upper Mountain Fire Co. secure this vital funding."
"This $70,050 in AFG funding will help the Upper Mountain Fire Co. purchase cardiac monitors that will monitor the safety of our members as we continue to provide advanced life support for residents of Lewiston and the surrounding area," said Daniel Leven, Upper Mountain Fire Co. chief. "We encourage other local departments to apply for AGF grant funding and we look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins in the future."
This federal grant will allow Upper Mountain to purchase a number of cardiac monitors. These monitors will measure the physiological status of the firefighters when responding to calls and ensure their vitals are properly maintained at all times.
The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.