Rep. Keating Reports Over $600,000 in Firefighter Grants to District Towns

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Congressman William Keating

From the office of Congressman Bill Keating:

Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Keating announces the Ninth Congressional District was awarded $644,144 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The recipients are:

  • Brewster, MA – Federal share of $ 190,023 for ambulance stretcher loading systems.
  • Halifax, MA – Federal share of $ 136,000 for firefighter breathing apparatus.
  • Hanover, MA – Federal share of $ 89,593 for mobile radios.
  • Harwich, MA – Federal share of $ 70,866 for nozzles and appliances.
  • Kingston, MA – Federal share of $ 76,907 for portable radios.
  • Sandwich, MA – Federal share of $ 80,755 for firefighting hose and nozzles.

“I am grateful that fire departments in our district are getting over $600,000,” said Congressman Keating. These grants will help our first responders communicate, coordinate, and confront the emergencies that unfortunately face our communities every day.  I congratulate all the departments on these grants and their continued good work.”

Said Halifax Fire Chief Jason Viveiros: “We are very grateful for this grant which will fund critical equipment for the safety of our firefighters, equipment we would not have been able to fund otherwise. Thank you Congressman Keating for your support of this grant program.”

“The Fire Act grants are critical to our Department, as they allow the Department to purchase essential equipment and provide much needed training to our firefighters,” said Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke Jr. “As tax dollars get stretched further, it becomes more difficult for departments to find this funding.  Congressman Keating’s office provided the department with valuable information and support that was instrumental with the department obtaining this grant.”

Said Sandwich Fire Chief John J. Burke: “The Sandwich Fire Department appreciates the continued Congressional support for our Assistance to Firefighter Grant applications. We are happy to be able to receive the FEMA AFG Grant Award for 2017 to purchase and replace all of our fire hose and fire nozzles with updated and safer state of the art suppression equipment!”

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): “The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. This funding is for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.”


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