Failure of a local government to adequately supply its agencies with a proper level of equipment is a local problem. It is your department's fault that you do not put out the word to the public to put pressure on the governing boards to disperse funds appropriately.
It is ludicrous that I, in North Carolina, pay for your bunker gear, gym equipment, or fire truck in Tennessee. This is the most inefficient way to get money to pay for something that I have ever seen a crackpot politician come up with. It is not the federal government's responsibility to provide local fire suppression, law enforcement, education, DPW repairs, or anything else. It is stated nowhere in the Constitution as such. The U.S. government is supposed to pass laws, enforce laws, and rule on the constituionality of those laws - not be the "solution" to local problems. No government program has ever ended, or solved a problem - that I know of.