Congressman Keating Announces More Local Firefighter Grants

Keating brings home another $659,000 in grants...
Congressman Bill Keating

Washington, DC – Congressman Bill Keating announces over $659,000 in additional grants for the Ninth Congressional District from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program.

The grants include:

  • $152,381 for four power stretchers and ambulance lift systems for the Dennis Fire Department
  • $89,308 for vehicle extrication equipment for the Harwich Fire Department
  • $297,143 for a 2500 galloon tanker truck for the Marion Fire Department
  • $120,307 for seven mobile radios and twenty portable radios for the West Barnstable Fire Department.

“These additional grants will continue to provide necessary support for our fire departments and are a win for our communities,” said Congressman Keating. “We are all safer when our firefighters have the proper equipment to help them do their job effectively and efficiently while also keeping them safe.”

“This grant request will provide funding to retrofit all our Fire Department ambulances with state of the art ambulance stretcher mounts, affording our patients increased safety and stability,” said Dennis Fire Chief Mark Dellner. “This past year, our Paramedics and EMT’s transported 3,009 patients via our ambulance fleet to the hospitals or an average of over eight per day. The constant lifting in and out has a cumulative effect on department personnel. This grant will increase safety by reducing injuries and potential long term health effects to our firefighters.  The Dennis Fire Department appreciates the continued support from Congressman William Keating, Senator Ed Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren for the FEMA Fire Grant programs, enhancing fire department capabilities and safety across our region and nationwide.”

"This new tanker will allow us to sustain our initial fire attack in remote areas until we can establish a water supply or receive aid from our mutual aid partners," said Marion Fire Chief Brian Jackvony. "We want to continue to ensure that our firefighters as well as the public are safe while we are operating our apparatus, especially this new vehicle which will have increased capacity. We want to thank the members of our congressional delegation for their support of this project as it is very important to our community."

“This grant will solve the financially daunting task of upgrading our thirty year old radio system from analog to digital, and it represents a property tax savings of $120 for each family in West Barnstable,” said West Barnstable Fire Chief Joe Maruca. “The WBFD is thankful we received this.” welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on