Congressman Brian Higgins announced Chautauqua County Children’s Safety Education Village has been awarded a federal grant totaling $52, 040 through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant (AFG) Program.  

“Children’s Safety Village is a fantastic local asset that gives our children the tools to protect themselves by actually walking through realistic scenarios,” said Congressman Higgins, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. “This grant will allow the organization to reach more children and expand programming. “ 
 
Children’s Safety Village is a unique site which takes a hands-on approach to educating children about fire, street, railroad, and other safety issues.  
 
Congressman Higgins most recent visit to the site was on January 6, 2012, when he joined Chautauqua County Sheriff Gerace for a tour and an update on programming and activities.  
 
“We are thrilled to have received this funding,” added Sheriff Gerace.  “It will assist the Safety Village with providing life-saving education to our children. I speak for our entire board of directors in thanking Congressman Higgins for his support to the CCSEV and his desire to help keep our children safe.”
 
The award is an AFG Fire Prevention and Safety grant, which is provided through the federal government to help local organizations address fire prevention and safety issues with the primary goal of reaching high-risk target groups including children, seniors and firefighters. The site also received $1.76 million in funding for construction through the federal Recovery Act.