June 19, 2014

Congressional Delegation Announces $783K in Fire Grants To Massachusetts

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Jim McGovern, William Keating and Katherine Clark today announced $783,232 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to four Massachusetts fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The grants were awarded to the Belchertown Fire Department, Sherborn Fire/Rescue Department, Hanover Fire Department, and Halifax Fire Department.

"Day in and day out, our firefighters put themselves in harm's way to protect our families," said Senator Warren. "These grants will help ensure Massachusetts firefighters have the equipment and resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs. I applaud our fire chiefs and their departments for their efforts to get these critical AFG grants, and for their tireless service to our communities."

"Everyday, our first responders protect our communities in Massachusetts and help save lives," said Senator Markey. "Grants like these for our fire departments are key to ensuring that they have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs in any situation. This funding is great news for our fire departments around the Commonwealth."

"I'm very pleased with this funding for Belchertown," Rep. McGovern said. "It's critical that we provide local first responders with the resources they need to serve and protect our communities. The federal government must be a partner in that effort. I will continue to be a strong supporter of this Assistance to Firefighter Grant program, and I'll work to maintain its funding in Congress."

"The two grants for the 9th district will go to critical infrastructure updates that ensure the safety of our firefighters," said Rep. Keating. "In Hanover, the funds will be used to install a sprinkler system in the fire house and the Halifax grant will update an antiquated communications system used by all Plymouth County Fire Departments. These firefighter grants continue to be money well spent."

"I applaud the administration for supporting the critical work of our first responders in Sherborn," said Rep. Clark. "Under Chief Morrissey's leadership, Sherborn's Fire and Rescue department keep our families safe and they deserve our support. These resources will allow us to furnish every firefighter in Sherborn with the protective gear they need to do their jobs safely."

The following grants were announced today:

  • Belchertown Fire Department, Belchertown, MA - Federal Share: $67,925.00 for Cardiac Monitors.
  • Sherborn Fire/Rescue Department, Sherborn, MA - Federal Share: $79,515.00 to purchase 31-Complete Sets of Turnout Gear.
  • Hanover Fire Department, Hanover, MA - Federal Share: $95,000.00 to Install a Sprinkler System in Fire Headquarters.
  • Halifax Fire Department, Halifax, MA - Federal Share: $540,792.00 for a Regional Communications Project.

The AFG program is administered by FEMA to ensure that local fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations have the resources and equipment they need to protect communities and emergency personnel from fires and other related hazards. More information on the AFG program is available here.