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Higgins announces grant opportunity for local fire departments


Thu, Jan 12th 2023 10:40 am

Application window closes Friday, Feb. 10

Congressman Brian Higgins announced the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is now open, with a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

“The Assistance for Firefighters Grant program provides local fire departments with critical funding needed to modernize equipment and train members. It is an asset to first responders, as well as the communities they serve,” Higgins said. “We encourage all local departments across NY-26 to apply.”

The AFG program provides competitive grants that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fires and fire-related hazards. The grants support direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA). Higgins’ team said grants “provide critical resources that train and equip emergency personnel to recognize standards, enhance operational efficiency, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

“Since 2001, the AFG program has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critical equipment, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire-related hazards. This year, there is $324 million in grant funding available to departments across the country.”

Live workshops, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provide an overview of the program, along with tips on how to develop and submit a successful application. To finds dates and times for upcoming workshops, visit https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/workshops.

Local fire departments with questions can contact the AFG help desk by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-866-274-0960. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/assistance-grants.

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