LIVONIA – The Hemlock Fire Department is poised to receive a federal grant through the Department of Homeland Security.
According to a press release from Congressman Chris Collins, the Hemlock Fire Department will receive $82,667 in federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types. In this case, the money will go towards new airpacks, a critical piece of safety equipment.
“The AFG program is important for local volunteer fire departments, as it helps us purchase safety equipment that we would otherwise not be able to afford,” said Chad Fraser, Acting Chief of the Hemlock Volunteer Fire Department. “We will be using $82,667 in AFG funding to purchase 14 SCBAs. We greatly appreciate Congressman Collins’ efforts on behalf of the Hemlock Volunteer Fire Department and look forward to working with him in the future.”
The 14 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) air packs provide firefighters with breathable air when during emergencies like fires and gas leaks.
The AFG Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and non-affiliated EMS organizations 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.
“As residents of New York’s 27th Congressional District, we’re fortunate enough to have thousands of firefighters who are willing to volunteer their time and put their lives on the line to protect their fellow neighbors,” said Collins. “If a volunteer fire department is unable to fund the purchase of new equipment, their members instead will use outdated equipment that puts their overall health and safety in jeopardy. The AFG program is a great resource for volunteer fire departments, and I am glad the Hemlock Volunteer Fire Department will utilize this $82,667 in funding to protect their members and the communities they serve.”