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Courtney Announces more than $850,000 in Federal Funding for Fire Departments Across Eastern Connecticut

August 6, 2020
Press Release
Six fire departments will receive new federal grant awards to purchase essential equipment and training

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award a round of federal grants totaling $859,266 to six fire departments across eastern Connecticut. FEMA will disperse the awards to fire departments in Enfield, Groton, New London, Norwich, Oakdale, Willimantic. The new grant awards will assist local fire departments in purchasing lifesaving equipment and training such as hazardous materials equipment, technical rescue training, vehicle extraction equipment and training, communications equipment, firefighter cancer screenings, and more.

“Eastern Connecticut fire departments are relying on federal funding like this than ever,” said Congressman Courtney. “In the midst of a global pandemic, eastern Connecticut was also buffeted last night by Tropical Storm Isais. Fire departments across our region have already been helping to respond to all sorts of coronavirus-related priorities, and rest assured their workload will increase as storm-related emergencies are reported. Their service is crucial to the health and safety of our communities, and these new federal funds will help support the training and equipment they rely on to get the job done each day. Congratulations to all six departments for being awarded these new federal dollars, and to the men and women of our fire departments: thank you. Our firefighters haven’t stopped putting on their uniforms and going to work each day, and they deserve compensation for putting themselves and their families at risk to protect our communities.”

The Enfield Fire Department will receive a grant award of $127,261 to support the purchase of new a new radio communications system; the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department (Groton) will receive $47,928 to support vehicle extraction training; the New London Fire Department will receive $307,229 to support firefighter training, the purchase of hazardous materials equipment, firefighter cancer screening, and wellness equipment; the Norwich Fire Department will receive an award of $193,977 to purchase vehicle extraction equipment; the Oakdale Fire Department will receive $46,666 to purchase a new diesel exhaust system; and the Willimantic Fire Department will receive an award of $136,135 to support technical rescue training.

Each of the new grant awards were dispersed through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant program. Fire departments in Enfield, Groton, New London, Oakdale, and Willimantic were each awarded funding through Round One of the program, the Norwich Fire Department was awarded funding through Round Two. The AFG grant program is meant to fund critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience. Click here to learn more.