BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced $42.4 million in direct assistance grants to 221 fire departments nationwide through the agency’s Fiscal Year 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, including $909,091 to the Wareham Fire Dept. for an aerial tower truck.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program includes grants to the following fire departments in Massachusetts:
• Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (Stow) – Federal share of $400,000 for a mobile protective gear washing unit
• Andover – Federal share of $336,667 for firefighter breathing apparatus
• Athol – Federal share of $591,613 for a fire pumper truck
• Boston – Federal share of $200,001 for fire officer training
• Boxborough – Federal share of $9,296 for firefighter training
• Bridgewater – Federal share of $28,699 for firefighter cancer screenings
• Newton – Federal share of $164,863 for firefighter training
• North Attleborough – Federal share of $49,092 for thermal imaging cameras
• Oakham – Federal share of $61,905 for an air compressor / breathing apparatus refill system
• Oxford – Albion Fire Department – Federal share of $200,000 for firefighter breathing apparatus
• Plympton – Federal share of $230,476 for a brush fire truck
• Somerset – Federal share of $45,821 for firefighting hose
• Wareham – Federal share of $909,091 for an aerial tower truck
• Watertown – Federal share of $181,818 for portable radios
• Woburn – Federal share of $545,454 for a heavy rescue truck
• Worcester – Federal share of $332,282 for firefighter training
Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant 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 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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