Warsaw and Cowlesville fire departments received federal funding for much needed equipment
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) announced $111,958 in federal funding for the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and $83,334 in federal funding for the Cowlesville Fire Company.
Both of these grants were allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The program is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.
“Our courageous firefighters must be able to operate effectively when responding to any type of emergency in our communities,” Collins said. “The AFG program has helped NY-27 fire departments purchase new equipment, make improvements to their communication systems, and keep their members safe. I was proud to work with the Village of Warsaw Fire Department and the South Wales Fire District No. 1 to secure this $160,514 in federal funding so they can continue protecting their members and fellow neighbors.”
The Warsaw Fire Department will use funds to purchase new fire hoses and nozzles. The equipment will help the department meet safety standards and mitigate their ongoing maintenance and repair costs.
“This important federal grant will allow our department to update outdated equipment that will allow us to better serve our community,” said Warsaw Fire Chief Joe Cummins. “I appreciate Representative Collins’ efforts and we will continue to work with him on issues related to the fire service.”
The Cowlesville Fire Company will use this $83,334 federal grant to purchase new emergency radios. The radios will significantly improve the company’s operational efficiency when responding to emergencies of all types.
“This important federal funding will allow our department to purchase updated radio and communications equipment,” said Cowlesville Assistant Fire Chief John Taylor. “This is critical for keeping our members safe and effectively protecting the community.”
The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations. The purpose is to enhance their response capabilities and to more effectively protect the health and safety of both the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.