In full disclosure, the following is a press release from Senator Ed Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who were elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve Washington DC in the US Senate. Both are Democrats. (SOURCE photo of the Framingham fire)
WASHINGTON DC – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Bill Keating ( MA-09), Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Jake Auchincloss (MA-04) announced today, August 25, that cities in Massachusetts will receive more than $2 million in funding for fiscal year 2021 from FEMA as part of the Firefighters Assistance Grants.
“Massachusetts firefighters are our first line of defense against climate disasters,” said Sen. Ed Markey. “This critical funding will ensure fire services across our Commonwealth have the support they need to acquire lifesaving equipment, train the next generation of first responders and tackle the fires and accidents that too often put families off. of Massachusetts in danger.
“Firefighters across the Commonwealth and across the country put their lives on the line every day to keep our families safe, and we need to make sure they have our full support,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “Federal grants like these will help keep our brave first responders safe and ensure our local fire departments have the training, equipment and resources they need to continue protecting our communities. .”
“Firefighters’ Aid Grants fund much-needed investments in our nation’s fire stations,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Awards in this round will benefit North Adams, Wilbraham and Ludlow and the communities they serve with more funding for lifesaving training and equipment. I continue to support these programs through FEMA because we all benefit from their investment.
“Commonwealth firefighters put themselves at risk every day to protect us, and it is our responsibility to ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs as safely as possible,” said President James P. McGovern. “I am grateful that this grant will help the Northborough Fire Department make critical equipment updates that will have a lasting impact on the safety of our community, and I will continue to fight in Congress to ensure that we support our firefighters in every way possible. .”
“This federal funding for firefighters continues to be a lifeline for our communities,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “From new equipment to additional training, it is imperative to ensure that those who protect us are protected themselves.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the Ayer and Stow Fire Departments receiving this critical federal investment,” said MP Lori Trahan. “Not only will this funding support the brave firefighters who work around the clock to keep their communities safe, but the new vehicle extrication and training equipment will also help save lives. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to increase federal investments that support our brave firefighters, and I look forward to continuing our work with local departments to ensure they get the funding they need.
“This grant will allow the Newton Fire Department to recruit and train more firefighters, as well as fund mental wellness support for our frontline responders as they work to keep our city safe” said Congressman Jake Auchincloss.
The grants will help provide various cities in Massachusetts with funding for firefighter training, CPR devices, and firefighter extrication equipment.
This assistance was provided to communities across the Commonwealth as part of FEMA’s FY2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grants funding.