Reed lauds emergency response grant funding increases

The Assistance to Firefighters and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant programs will both receive a $2.5 million funding increase under the omnibus federal spending bill, Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) announced on Friday.

“These life-saving programs are a priority for us and something we advocated for during the appropriations process,” Reed said. “The appropriations bill isn’t perfect but achieves (the) two foundational goals of strengthening effective programs and saving taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars…”

Grant opportunities were a primary focus of discussions Reed held during a recent Emergency Responders Advisory Board meeting at Cornell University.

“We know first responders and fire departments are under tight budget constraints, and I am pleased this bill prioritizes public safety in a way that better cares for those in our community in their time of need,” Reed said.

Reed’s office also hosted a workshop last summer that was designed to explore how local fire departments and emergency responders could be helped to better serve their communities.

“…We are committed to providing firefighters and emergency responders with the resources they need to respond to and prevent emergencies,” Reed said. “Many of us do not realize it but we rely on these individuals every day to be there for us should we need them. Now we have an opportunity to care for them and strengthen public safety.”