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FEMA approves Assistance to Firefighters grants to the Francestown and Greenfield departments 


Friday, August 31, 2018 4:35PM

The Francestown and Greenfield fire departments are being awarded grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via the Assistance to Firefighters Grant fund.

Francestown is to receive $129,891 to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus for Francestown’s firefighters, according to a FEMA press release Friday. The Greenfield Fire Department is to receive $ 71,429 to install a diesel fume exhaust removal system in their fire station.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, the grant fund 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 grant is funded through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. Eligible applicants include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and State Fire Training Academies. The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.

FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient agencies. It is the recipient agency’s responsibility to manage their grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and monitoring provided by FEMA Fire Program Specialists.

Additional information about FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program(s) may be found at https://www.fema.gov/firegrants.