Chris Collins

Chris Collins

NEW YORK's 27th DISTRICT

Congressman Chris Collins Announces $100,953 Grant for the Boston Volunteer Fire Company

2016/08/26

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $100,953 in federal funding for the Boston Volunteer Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Oftentimes, volunteer fire departments in our local communities are faced with significant financial limitations that restrict their access to new equipment and training,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The AFG program allows our local fire departments and EMS organizations to apply for funding assistance in an effort to maintain safety standards for its first responders and allow them to keep our communities safe. I am honored to help the Boston Volunteer Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“Access to grant funding through the AFG program is critical for smaller departments like ours,” said Patrick Penrod, Boston Volunteer Fire Department Chief. “This funding will now allow us to purchase much needed protective equipment and new turnout gear to keep our volunteers safe while we protect our community. We look forward to working with Congressman Collins in the future and support his efforts to increase AFG funding.”

This federal grant will allow the Boston Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new turnout gear. This personal protective equipment will ensure the safety of the first responders as they respond to emergencies of all types.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $531,700 Grant for the Akron Fire Company

2016/08/25

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $531,700 in federal funding for the Akron Fire Company. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.

“Our first responders consistently put their lives on the line to protect and serve those in need,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Providing them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs safely and responsibly will ultimately lead to more efficient first responders and safer communities. This grant funding will also allow first responders to use their resources more effectively, and I am honored to help the Akron Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“The $531,700 SAFER grant will allow our Company to increase our membership and purchase training equipment to meet the technological needs for our coursework, drills, and physical fitness,” said Keith Hochreiter, President of the Akron Fire Company. “This grant will also allow the Akron Fire Company to continue balancing fiscal responsibility and the needs of our community that we proudly serve.”

This federal grant will allow the Akron Fire Company to expand its hiring practices and maintain a sufficient number of on-duty firefighters. The Akron Fire Company will also use these funds to ensure they are equipped with the proper technology to train efficiently and remain both mentally and physically fit at all times.

The SAFER Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase, or maintain, the number of trained first responders in their communities.

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Congressman Chris Collins Recognizes Canandaigua Man as ‘Veteran of the Month’

2016/08/23

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement recognizing United States Army Veteran, Ralph Calabrese, of Canandaigua, as New York’s 27th Congressional District’s ‘Veteran of the Month’ for August. The ‘Veteran of the Month’ is a new program established by Congressman Collins’ office to recognize the dedication and service of NY-27’s veterans.

“I was honored to have an opportunity to meet with Mr. Calabrese and hear about his service in the United States Army and his work with the Canandaigua VA,” said Congressman Collins. “His continued advocacy on behalf of the countless number of Western New York veterans who turn to the Canandaigua VA Medical Center for healthcare shows a commitment to our country that is unbound. My office will continue to recognize a local ‘Veteran of the Month’ as a small thank you to the thousands of Western New York veterans who have selflessly served our country.”

Ralph Calabrese served in the United States Army for two years within the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. His courageous service was recognized with a number of decorations, including a Bronze Service Star, the Korean Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge. In the 1990’s, when the Canandaigua VA Medical Center was on the verge of being closed by the Federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Ralph organized a grassroots letter-writing initiative that gathered over 100,000 submissions from members of the community in support of keeping its operations ongoing. Ralph is also a member of the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Congressman Collins was joined by Ralph’s family, fellow veterans, and a number of Canandaigua residents at a ceremony where Ralph was presented with a Congressional Certificate of Commendation and a flag flown over the United States Capitol Building. Mr. Calabrese was presented this recognition on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

To nominate a NY-27 ‘Veteran of the Month’ please submit an inquiry to NY27Veteran@mail.house.gov, or contact our Lancaster district office at (716) 634-2324.

To view pictures from this weekend’s event, visit here.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $67,545 Grant for the Rapids Volunteer Fire Company in Lockport, NY

2016/08/17

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $67,545 in federal funding for the Rapids Volunteer Fire Company, located in Lockport. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Last Wednesday, when 50 fire companies across five counties in Western New York responded to a tire recycling plant fire in Lockport that took three days to extinguish, we witnessed firsthand how important it is to ensure our first responders are protected at all times,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Calls that require a widespread response to a community in need, like we saw last week, demonstrate why we must always support our first responders. I am extremely grateful of the service demonstrated by all of the first responders last week and I was honored to help the Rapids Volunteer Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“This $67,545 in funding will allow our department to replace our outdated cardiac monitors with new monitors that will help ensure the public’s safety and the safety of our first responders,” said Andrew Doyle, Rapids Volunteer Fire Company President. “We look forward to continue serving the community and working with our federal representatives to obtain the grant funding necessary to protect our local residents and first responders.”

This federal grant will allow the Rapids Volunteer Fire Company to purchase new cardiac monitors to replace outdated monitors. These monitors will measure the physiological status of the firefighters when responding to calls and ensure their vitals are properly maintained at all times.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Announces $70,050 Grant for the Upper Mountain Fire Company in Lewiston, NY

2016/08/10

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $70,050 in federal funding for the Upper Mountain Fire Company, located in Lewiston. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“We need to ensure that the first responders who are putting their life on the line to protect our communities are kept safe and protected at all times,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “Unfortunately, due to financial limitations and the high costs of new equipment, many fire companies and emergency medical service providers are in need of financial assistance. The AFG Program will continue to help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Upper Mountain Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“This $70,050 in AFG funding will help the Upper Mountain Fire Company purchase cardiac monitors that will monitor the safety of our members as we continue to provide advanced life support for residents of Lewiston and the surrounding area,” said Daniel Leven, Upper Mountain Fire Company Chief. “We encourage other local departments to apply for AGF grant funding and we look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins in the future.”

This federal grant will allow the Upper Mountain Fire Company to purchase a number of cardiac monitors. These monitors will measure the physiological status of the firefighters when responding to calls and ensure their vitals are properly maintained at all times.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

 

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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Deliver $184,871 Grant for the Genesee County Airport

2016/08/09

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $184,871 in federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Genesee County Airport, located in Batavia. The grant will assist the Genesee County Airport in funding the full reconstruction and rehabilitation of 3,400 feet of existing runway.

“Utilizing grant funding to support our local governments is a smart investment and a responsible use of federal tax dollars,” said Congressman Collins. “Investing in infrastructure projects like the Genesee County Airport’s runway rehabilitation will significantly improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of its daily operations. These efforts will allow the Genesee County Airport to continue to grow and positively impact our local economy for years to come.”

“This important federal funding will help ensure the future of the Genesee County Airport,” said Ray Cianfrini, Chairman of the Genesee County Legislature. “The grant will fund the full depth reconstruction of 3,400 feet of the existing Runway 10/28 pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. We look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to improve local transportation infrastructure and support job growth throughout Genesee County.”

The Congressman’s office remains available to assist any local government pursuing a federal grant.

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Congressman Collins Presents Warsaw Civil Air Patrol Cadet with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award

2016/08/01

Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement recognizing Warsaw resident and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet, Meghan Duell, with the General Carl A. Spaatz Award. This award, considered to be the highest cadet honor, is presented to a CAP cadet who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, character, fitness, and aerospace education.

“Certain folks are just born leaders, and some of us learn these traits in other ways. Valerie (Duell) raised a daughter who is a born leader,” said Congressman Collins. “On behalf of Western New York, I want to congratulate Meghan on her prestigious achievement and thank her for her leadership and commitment to keeping our communities safe.”

“This award was a long time in the making and I really appreciate all of the support from my friends and family that pushed me to succeed,” said Meghan Duell, Captain of the Civil Air Patrol’s New York Wing. “It was an honor to be a part of this program and I want to express my sincere thanks to Congressman Collins for presenting me with this award.”

Meghan Duell joined the Civil Air Patrol’s youth program at the age of twelve, following in the footsteps of her mother, Valerie, who volunteered in the United States Air Force auxiliary and emergency services organization. Meghan, now a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol’s New York Wing, is one of only 2,060 cadets to earn the General Carl A. Spaatz Award since its creation in 1964.

Recipients of the General Carl A. Spaatz Award are required to complete sixteen achievements over a five-year process. In order be considered for this award, a cadet must pass an aerospace and leadership evaluation, complete extensive physical fitness training, and consistently demonstrate the core values and attributes of the Civil Air Patrol.

For more information about the Civil Air Patrol and the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, please visit http://www.capmembers.com/cadet_programs/stripes_to_diamonds/spaatz-award/.

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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $653,728 Grant for the Fishers Fire Department

2016/07/21

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $653,728 in federal funding for the Fishers Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program, which is designed to help fire departments maintain a sufficient number of firefighters.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives to protect us,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The least we can do is provide them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs. This grant funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Fishers Fire Company secure this vital funding.”

“The $653,728 SAFER grant will allow the Fisher Fire District to increase our on-duty staff, further increasing the capability of the Fishers Fire Department,” said Andy Stromfield, Fishers Fire Department Chief. “Having extra on-duty staff working in collaboration with our current volunteers will allow our Fire District to consistently protect our area from danger. Thank you to Congressman Collins for his continued support.”

“Our brave, local firefighters do an incredible job, and it is important that we give them the training and support they need to always stay safe while helping those in need,” said Jack Marren, Victor Town Supervisor. “This is exciting news for the Town of Victor and our residents. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Collins to deliver results for the residents of the Town of Victor and Ontario County.”

This federal grant will allow the Fisher Fire District to expand its hiring practices and maintain a sufficient number of on-duty firefighters. This will also allow the Fisher Fire Department to efficiently answer the increasing number of calls consistent with the rapid growth in the area.

The SAFER Grant Program provides direct funding assistance to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase, or maintain, the number of trained first responders in their communities.

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Congressman Chris Collins Helps Secure $134,443 Grant for the Darien Volunteer Fire Department

2016/07/21

Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today announced $134,443 in federal funding for the Darien Volunteer Fire Department. The grant was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG), which is designed to help first responders improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives to protect us,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “The least we can do is provide them with the equipment, training, and funding they need to do their jobs. This grant funding will help create more efficient and effective first responders, and I am honored to help the Darien Volunteer Fire Department secure this vital funding.”

“This $134,443 in AFG funding will help our Department purchase new SCBA Air Packs,” said Joe Marino, Darien Volunteer Fire Department Chief. “It is crucial that our Department has these pieces of basic equipment to keep us safe as we protect the Darien community. We look forward to working with Congressman Collins in the future as he continues to work on behalf of our local volunteer fire departments.”

This federal grant will allow the Darien Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Air Packs. This will provide the volunteer firefighters with breathable air whenever they are in an “immediately dangerous to life or health” atmosphere.

The AFG Program provides direct funding assistance to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles and training.

 

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Offices of Congressman Chris Collins and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to Host Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshops

2016/07/12

The offices of Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will host two workshops focused on helping local first responders access the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The workshops will include representatives from the Fire Program Specialist Office of FEMA who will give presentations on new and existing policies, guidelines, and requirements for the AFG program. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

“Our first responders routinely risk their lives for our safety,” said Congressman Collins. “It is vital these first responders have the tools they need to keep our communities safe. Federal grants play a critical role in providing the equipment, training, and resources these first responders need, and I will continue to do whatever I can to support them.”

“We need to do everything we can to protect the men and women who risk their lives every day in the face of danger. These brave first responders must have access to the most up-to-date equipment to do their jobs effectively and stay safe while they are protecting our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These grant workshops are necessary in order to facilitate federal funds for essential equipment and make information available to our local fire departments. I will always fight in the Senate to make sure that our fire departments are funded and equipped.”

Upcoming Assistance to Firefighter Grant Workshops

 

         Tuesday, July 26, 2016                                                         Wednesday, July 27, 2016

6:30PM                                                                                   6:30PM

Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company                                      Geneseo Fire Department

8630 Main Street                                                                    133 Center Street

Williamsville, NY 14221                                                         Geneseo, NY 14454

 

***Please note, both workshops will cover the same material.***

To register, local departments are asked to call Congressman Collins’ Geneseo office at 585-519-4002 or emailChris.Catt@mail.house.gov.

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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Congressman Chris Collins represents New York’s 27th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.  The 27th District of New York includes 105 towns spread out over eight counties in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.  The residents of NY-27 elected Mr. Collins to Congress in November of 2012.

Congressman Collins serves as a member of the House Small Business, Agriculture and Science, Space and Technology committees. He is also the Chair of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, which is charged with examining how the cost of healthcare is impacting American small businesses.

Congressman Collins comes to Capitol Hill with both private and public sector experience. Before being elected to Congress, Chris served as Erie County Executive and built a career as a business owner and entrepreneur, creating and saving hundreds of American jobs in Western New York.

A mechanical engineer, the Congressman began his professional career with Westinghouse Electric in 1972.  Chris lives in Clarence, NY with his wife Mary. He has three children and three grandchildren and remains active with the Greater Niagara Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America.


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