$19.2 Million in Federal Fire Grants to Massachusetts
Congressman Jim McGovern joined the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation today in announcing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $19,237,879 in grants to seven Massachusetts fire departments and the Quincy-based Fire Protection Research Foundation.
Upton Fire Emergency Medical Services was among the Massachusetts fire departments that were awarded grants to support equipment acquisition, training, and staffing.
The Upton Fire Department is currently operating with 28 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) which have been in service for a significant period of time and have become outdated.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Upton Fire Department has requested a grant to replace SCBA equipment with new air packs that meet modern safety and functional standards.
“Our communities are safer thanks to the brave service of our local firefighters,” Congressman McGovern said. “With these grants, we are making a strong investment in our Massachusetts firefighters, ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to protect our families and neighborhoods.”
He continued: “I join my colleagues across the Commonwealth in thanking our Massachusetts firefighters and fire chiefs for their tireless service and the sacrifices they make every day to keep all of us safe.”
Grants were also awarded to were awarded to the Duxbury Fire Department, Halifax Fire Department, Lawrence Fire Department, Fall River Fire Department, Boston Fire Department, and Bourne Fire Department.
Joining Congressman McGovern in today’s announcement were United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Stephen F. Lynch, Niki Tsongas, and Bill Keating.
”Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our neighborhoods and keep our families safe,” said Senator Warren. “These grants will help ensure that Massachusetts’ fire departments have the staffing, tools and resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. Our fire chiefs and their departments deserve credit for their efforts to get these grants, and I want to thank them for their tireless service to the community.”
“One of the most important impacts our government can have is providing our first responders with the most modern, efficient equipment available,” said Congressman Keating. “The benefits of grants to firefighters are seen day in and day out in the lives saved and the communities protected.”
The following grants were announced today through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S), and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs:
Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG):
Upton Fire Emergency Medical Services – Upton, MA – Federal Share: $173,334.00, for operation and safety
Duxbury Fire Department – Duxbury, MA -Federal Share: $166,667.00, for vehicle acquisition
Halifax Fire Department – Halifax, MA -Federal Share: $714,210.00, for vehicle acquisition
Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER):
Lawrence Fire Department – Lawrence, MA – Federal Share: $1,181,222.00, for hiring
Fall River Fire Department – Fall River, MA – Federal Share: $2,060,920.00, for hiring
Boston Fire Department – Boston, MA – Federal Share: $12,778,650.00, for hiring
Bourne Fire Department – Bourne, MA -Federal Share: $1,333,104.00, for hiring
Fire Prevention & Safety (FP &S)
Fire Protection Research Foundation – Quincy, MA – Federal Share: $829,772.00, for research and prevention
The AFG and SAFER grant programs are administered by FEMA to ensure that local fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations have the staffing, resources and equipment they need to protect communities and emergency personnel from fires and other related hazards.