READING FIREFIGHTERS TO RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANT

 

Reading, MA Receives $88,555 to Assist Fire Department in Latest Round of Grants

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today $42.3 million in direct assistance grants to 290 fire departments nationwide through the agency’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Additional phases will soon be announced.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program includes grants to the following fire departments in Massachusetts:

Chelmsford, MA – Federal share of $293,491 for potable and mobile radios
Dennis, MA –Federal share of $102,922 for vehicle extrication equipment
Fitchburg, MA –Federal share of $387,709 for firefighter breathing apparatus
Hanover, MA –Federal share of $106,986 for power stretchers and ambulance power load systems
Hopkinton, MA –Regional grant award with Ashland, MA -Federal share of $350,000 for portable radios
Hyannis Fire District – Barnstable, MA – Federal share of $63,505 for vehicle extrication equipment and vehicle extrication training
Ipswich, MA –Federal share of $44,762 for an air compressor – breathing apparatus refill system
Lakeville, MA –Federal share of $14,162 for firefighting hose and nozzles
Lanesboro, MA –Federal share of $27,943 for vehicle extrication equipment
Leicester, MA – Federal share of $280,000 for firefighter breathing apparatus
Medfield, MA –Federal share of $211,428 for firefighter breathing apparatus
Orleans, MA –Federal share of $25,714 for vehicle extrication equipment
Reading, MA –Federal share of $88,555 for power stretchers and ambulance power load systems
Rowley, MA –Regional grant award with Hamilton and Boxford, MA – Federal share of $713,291 for portable radios
Sharon, MA –Federal share of $168,800 for firefighter breathing apparatus
Swampscott, MA –Federal share of $37,619 for a protective gear washer and dryer
Westfield, MA –Federal share of $30,445 for (4) protective gear dryers
Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

This grant is funded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. Eligible applicants include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and State Fire Training Academies. The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.

FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient agencies. It is the recipient agency’s responsibility to manage their grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and monitoring provided by FEMA Fire Program Specialists.

Additional information about FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program(s) may be found at https://www.fema.gov/firegrants.

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