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Higgins: Grant opportunity for local fire departments

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Mon, Jan 4th 2021 01:20 pm

Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is now open. He invited local fire departments to apply before the deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

The AFG program provides competitive grants to fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the U.S. More than $319 million has been designated for the AFG program during this current funding cycle.

“Our firefighters work tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community. While adapting to difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges, our local fire departments continue to answer the call as selfless front-line responders,” Higgins said. “This federal grant program will help Western New York fire departments secure additional resources to improve efficiency and safety.”

The application period for AFG grants opened Jan. 4. All applications are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and go through a nonpartisan, merit-based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.

For additional information on the 2020 AFG program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be hosting live webinars that will provide an overview of the program, as well as important reminders about how to navigate the grant application process – including tips for preparing an AFG application. Dates for webinars can be found at https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/workshops.

Departments with questions can contact the AFG help desk at [email protected] or 1-866-274-0960. More information on the fire grant program is available through the federal fire grant website at www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program.

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