Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27) recently announced $1.5 million in federal funding for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.
The funding will allow FASNY to continue its recruitment and retention campaigns, both of which aim to ensure all volunteer fire departments and organizations throughout the State of New York are staffed with an adequate number of trained first responders. A 2016 financial impact study released by FASNY found through the course of FASNY’s SAFER grant period (2011-2015), New York state has recruited approximately 20,000 new volunteer firefighters.
In addition, FASNY utilizes SAFER Grant Program funding to implement its volunteer firefighter tuition reimbursement program, which incentivizes collegiate students to join their local volunteer fire departments while pursuing higher education. Since the program was implemented in spring 2012, more than 400 Erie Community College students have taken advantage of the opportunity.