Mass. Lawmakers Announce Nearly $3.1 Million in Grants to Aid Massachusetts Fire Departments

The following is a media release from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s’s office. She is one of two individuals elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. She is a Democrat.


BOSTON – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), along with Representatives Richard E. Neal (D-MA-01), William Keating (D-MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-MA-04), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Lori Trahan (D-MA-03), announced on August 30 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded 23 fire departments in Massachusetts approximately $3.1 million in federal grants.

The funding, which was awarded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) program, will help provide the critical resources required to train and equip emergency personnel in order to meet official standards, increase efficiency and interoperability, and help make departments and the communities they serve more resilient.

The FEMA fire grants awarded today to Massachusetts fire departments include:

  • $704,510 to the Boston Fire Department for wellness and fitness activities, including a firefighter cancer-screening program.
  • $382,200 to the Holyoke Fire Department for a firefighter breathing apparatus.
  • $227,316 to the Amesbury Fire Department – a regional grant with Salisbury, MA for Emergency Vehicle Operator training and Firefighter safety training.
  • $224,696 to the Lee Fire Department for 24 firefighter breathing apparatus and 10 automatic cardiac defibrillators.
  • $177,214.54 to the Yarmouth Fire Department for firefighter protective clothing.
  • $172,646 to the Hingham Fire Department – a regional grant with Norwell, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate for Emergency Vehicle Operator training.
  • $156,650.47 to the Barnstable Fire Department for portable and mobile radios.
  • $155,057 to the Wilbraham Fire Department for 22 firefighter breathing apparatus and 3 breathing apparatus facepieces.
  • $146,327 to the Brookline Fire Department for fire instructor training.
  • $128,605 to the Hyannis Fire District – a regional grant award with 20 Cape Cod fire departments for firefighter safety and survival training.
  • $95,238 to the Medway Fire Department for a fire sprinkler system at Fire Station 1.
  • $85,718 to the Canton Fire Department for firefighter safety and survival training.
  • $77,047 to the Somerville Fire Department for Mass Casualty – Active Shooter training.
  • $64,076 to the West Bridgewater Fire Department for a fire station diesel exhaust system.
  • $58,514 to the Stoughton Fire Department for Mass Casualty – Active Shooter training.
  • $53,121 to the Somerset Fire Department for firefighter personal escape devices and firefighter safety and survival training.
  • $50,857 to the Hyannis Fire District for a firefighter wellness & fitness program.
  • $36,190 to the Marblehead Fore Department for diesel exhaust systems in two fire stations.
  • $28,515 to the Truro Fire Department for thermal imaging cameras.
  • $21,320 to the Onset Fire/Water District in Wareham, MA for mobile and portable radios.
  • $18,452.72 to the Bridgewater Fire Department for firefighter wellness and fitness screenings.
  • $6,666.66 to the Maynard Fire Department for firefighter breathing apparatus facepieces and training.
  • $9,143 to the Bedford Fire Department for Mass Casualty – Active Shooter training.

“Our firefighters across the Commonwealth, who risk their lives every day to protect our communities, deserve our full support,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “This federal funding will help our courageous first responders by providing them with the resources they need to carry out their mission and continue keeping our families safe.”

“Massachusetts firefighters are the front lines of ensuring the safety and security of our Massachusetts communities, and these new FEMA AFG grants will enhance their ability to do so,” said Senator Ed Markey. “Our firefighters are hometown heroes, but heroes also need help. These important federal grants will help ensure these first responders are safe while on the job and can efficiently and effectively protect the residents of our cities and towns.”

“More than just bravery and courage, firefighters are defined by a selfless, unconditional commitment to keep their neighbors safe,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “As our Commonwealth’s firefighters work day and night to protect us, this grant funding will enhance and modernize the training and equipment necessary to protect them.”

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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