Rep. Reed Announces Two Grants For Area Fire Departments

Two area fire departments have been awarded funds through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Rep. Tom Reed announced last week that fire departments in Dunkirk and Randolph would receive $27,060 and $7,334, respectively, and will be used to “strengthen the Nation’s level of preparedness and ability to respond to fires and related hazards,” Reed said in a statement.

“By making sure that our fire departments have the resources necessary to carry out their important work, we make our whole community safer,” he continued.

The funding is administered through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

This grant will help the Randolph Fire Company (and Dunkirk Fire Department) to better serve our friends and neighbors,” Reed said.

Michael D. Edwards Jr., fire chief of the Dunkirk Fire Department, said the grant funding will be used for personal protection equipment.

“The funding of this project will allow our department to properly clean and dry protective clothing thus reducing the occupational hazards associated with contamination of protective clothing.” Edwards said. “The City of Dunkirk Fire Department takes great concern with the health and safety of our firefighters. This funding will assist us with maintaining that goal.”