Harwich Fire Department Receives Federal Grant

Over $70,000 for equipment upgrades, training...

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 sixth award for the Harwich Fire Department since the program began, totaling more than $500,000 in equipment and training money.

The funding of this grant will allow the department to replace all off its nozzles and valves, purchase portable master stream equipment, replace the department’s ladder pipe and all of the hydrant and intake valves. “By completing this through a grant program there is minimal impact to the taxpayer and gives the department the ability to complete the project all at once, standardizing the department’s operations.” 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.

Congressman Bill Keating remarked, “Having worked with the Harwich Fire Department, it is no surprise they were awarded this grant,” said Congressman Keating. “They are dedicated professionals with a great understanding of what they need to support the town. Assistance to Firefighter Grants help our first responders communicate, coordinate, and confront the emergencies that unfortunately face our communities every day.  They in particular provide critical support for our smaller fire departments.  I congratulate Chief Clarke, Deputy Chief LeBlanc, and the entire department on this grant and their continued good work.”

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