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Courtney Announces More Than $30,000 in CARES Act Funding to North Thompsonville Fire District in Enfield

August 6, 2020
Press Release
Congressionally authorized funding will support the purchase of PPE for fire fighters

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award a federal grant totaling more than $30,000 to the North Thompsonville Fire District in Enfield. The new federal funding was authorized under the bipartisan CARES Act (H.R. 748), which Rep. Courtney voted to pass on March 27th, and support the fire department’s purchases of emergency medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) other supplies as they work to respond to COVID-19 incidents.

“Chief Provencher and the men and women at the North Thompsonville Fire Department have done outstanding and truly crucial work to help keep our communities safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman Courtney. “Firefighters are called on to respond to such a wide variety of emergencies, and since early March the North Thompsonville department have really been the swiss army knives of our first responders in Enfield—from helping to set up mobile testing sites, responding to emergency medical situations, and much more. They need this PPE equipment to keep serving our community safely, and with the revenue shortfalls our towns are up against right now this type of federal assistance is more important than ever. Connecticut has done an impressive job reducing COVID infections, and we should use this time to redouble our efforts to stockpile PPE for first responders in case there is ever a new spike in cases. This grant will help ensure that last spring’s frantic search for masks, gowns, and cleaning materials won’t happen again.”

“When COVID started we had to work with equipment, specifically PPE, that was expired, and also had to use one-time N-95 masks multiple times,” said North Thompsonville Fire Department Chief Earl Provencher. “This grant will insure we have PPE to protect first responders and allow them to work safely now, and in the event we see a resurgence of COVID as we move through the fall and in the future.”

The North Thompsonville Fire District will receive a grant award of $30,917 through FEMA’s new Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which was authorized under the CARES Act. The new program is meant to assist fire departments and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel in purchasing emergency medical PPE, disinfection and decontamination supplies, and other equipment used in their response to COVID-19 incidents. To read more about the new, congressionally authorized program, click here.