Congressman Keating Announces Local Firefighter Grants

$563,000 for 9th District fire departments
Congressman Bill Keating

Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Keating announces over $563,000 in grants for the Ninth Congressional District from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

The grants include:

  • $156,650.47 for portable and mobile radios for the Barnstable Fire Department
  • $128,604.54 for safety and survival training for the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy
  • $50,857.14 for a firefighter wellness and fitness program for the Hyannis Fire Department
  • $21,320.00 for portable and mobile radios for the Onset Fire Department
  • $28,515.23 for thermal imaging cameras for the Truro Fire Department
  • $177,214.54 for firefighter protective clothing for the Yarmouth Fire Department.

“We all know how critical these firefighter grants are to the safety of our communities, our citizens, and our first responders,” said Congressman Keating.  “And these recently released grants will provide our fire departments with the necessary programs and protective equipment to continue their service to Cape Cod.  I congratulate all of the departments – as well as our renowned Fire Training Academy – on these grants, and always stand ready to help our first responders – the men and women who risk everything to help the rest of us.”

“The Barnstable Fire Department is extremely pleased to receive federal assistance under the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding program to purchase mobile and portable radios that will allow us to provide sustainable and uninterrupted emergency communications during all of our emergency incidents,” said Francis M. Pulsifer, Chief of the Barnstable Fire Department. “This equipment dramatically increases the safety of the public and our firefighters on every single incident that we respond on.  I would like to thank Congressman Keating, as well as Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey for their valued support of our department and for their support of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.”

“We are excited at the opportunity to deliver the International Association of Fire Fighters Fire Ground Survival Training Program to fire fighters across Cape Cod,” said Phil Burt, director, Barnstable County Fire Training Academy. “This regional grant award – developed through a partnership between the Hyannis Fire Department and Barnstable County – will bring comprehensive training in Mayday prevention and Mayday operations to help ensure the safety of our local fire fighters.”   

“The Hyannis Fire District is thankful to our legislative delegation for their steadfast support of public safety and the fire service,” said Peter J. Burke, Jr., Chief of the Hyannis Fire Department. “These grants will help ensure the safety of our firefighters and in turn the community, while reducing the local tax burden.”

“We are very excited about and grateful for this grant,” said Jon Sawyer, Deputy Chief of the Yarmouth Fire Department. “Firefighter protective clothing is very expensive and it has a usable life of only ten years. With sixty-five firefighters, it gets very costly to replace. Thank you to Congressman Keating and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program; this grant will help us protect those that protect us.”


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