Commonwealth announces grant awards for local fire departments

by | Apr 15, 2021

The Baker-Polito Administration has announced the recipients of FY21 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program. In total, $4 million in funding will be awarded to 294 fire departments throughout the state.

“The firefighters of the Commonwealth are true heroes, and they face a tremendous amount of risk every time they respond to a call,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “Therefore, it is crucial that we provide them with the proper resources so that they can be as protected as possible from the hazards they face while on the job.”

State Representative Paul K. Frost commented, “These grants go a long way in supporting our local communities in protecting their firefighters, rescue personnel, residents, businesses and property. These firefighters and rescue personnel put their lives and well-being on the line every time they answer a call. This is something we know far too well in Central Massachusetts.”

The purpose of these grants is to allow fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment to make firefighters jobs safer, such as protective firefighting gear, thermal imaging cameras, and rescue equipment. Overall, there are 114 different types of equipment that fire departments were permitted to apply for.

Firefighters face tremendous health and safety risks, from well-known hazards such as fire and smoke, to long-term complications such as cancer. This funding will help to mitigate these risks by providing additional protections for firefighters throughout the Commonwealth.

The Auburn Fire Department received $15,000, the Millbury Fire Department received $15,000 and the Worcester Fire Department received $31,998.30.