Harwich Fire Department Receives Federal Grant

Assistance to Firefighters Grant for $93,773

From the Harwich Fire Department:

The Harwich Fire Department received notification today from the Federal Emergency Management Agencies Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program that our grant program had been accepted.

The award memo stated, “The purpose of the Assistance to Firefighters Program is to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards.

After careful consideration, FEMA has determined that the recipient's project or projects submitted as part of the recipient's application, and detailed in the project narrative as well as the request details section of the application - including budget information - was consistent with the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program's purpose and worthy of award.”

The FEMA website describes the program as follows, “The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG 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 is the seventh award for the Harwich Fire Department since the program began, totaling more than $600,000 in equipment and training money.

The funding of this grant will allow the department to replace older hydraulic rescue tools, upgrade the departments lifting air bag equipment and replace the stabilization struts with newer, more effective equipment. “This grant program is an excellent opportunity for the department to upgrade equipment and provide critical training with a minimal impact to the taxpayers of the town.” said Chief Norman Clarke Jr. Chief Clarke went on to thank Congressman Keating, Senator Warren and Senator Markey for the information and support their offices provided throughout this process.

As part of the program, FEMA provides training and guidance through the Regional Grant Offices. Each year the Department works closely with David L. Parr, our Regional Fire Program Specialist for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program - DHS / FEMA - Region 1 to ensure we meet the requirements of the program. Mr. Parr’s assistance is invaluable in both the application process and subsequent award.

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