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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces DHS Grants to Local Fire Departments to Purchase Life Sustaining Equipment

May 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Flanders and Mansfield Fire Departments  will be receiving federal grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to purchase new breathing apparatuses for firefighters. The funding will be made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Awards for Operations and Safety. The Mansfield Fire Department will receive approximately $243,334, and the Flanders Fire Department will receive approximately $185,715.

“This grant funding is good news for our local fire departments that can use these federal funds to purchase life-saving equipment for their firefighters,” said Courtney. “Our first-responder put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our homes and our communities, and we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to provide them with the appropriate equipment to keep them safe.”

David J. Dagon, Chief of the Mansfield Fire Department, said: “The Mansfield Fire Department is grateful to be receiving this grant and to the efforts of Congressman Courtney for securing funding for this grant program. We are excited to have the opportunity to update the department's inventory of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and provide our firefighters with Personal Protective Equipment designed to insure their safety during fireground operations.”

Jim Levandoski, Chief of the Flanders Fire Department, said: “Today the Flanders Fire Department in the town of East Lyme, Connecticut learned that it has received $185,715.00 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This Federal Grant will not only provide firefighters with much needed, up to date emergency equipment, but will go a long way in saving the tax payers of East Lyme a necessary expense. The Self Contained Breathing Apparatus that will be purchase will help firefighters safely enter environments that would otherwise not be accessible.”

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program is part of a coordinated effort to improve the nation’s preparedness to respond to fire emergencies and other related hazards. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2001, the AFG Program has provided approximately $6.4 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training. The AFG will award $306 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.