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Courtney Announces more than $985,000 in Federal Funding for Fire Departments in Eastern Connecticut

September 3, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded two federal grants totaling $986,404 to fire departments in Stafford Springs and East Haddam. Both of the new federal awards were dispersed through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, and will assist the departments in purchasing essential new training and lifesaving equipment, including new vehicle extraction equipment.

“Eastern Connecticut fire departments are relying on federal funding like this more than ever,” said Congressman Courtney. “Fire departments across our region have already been helping to respond to all sorts of coronavirus-related priorities, they stepped up to help our region recover from Tropical Storm Isaias. Their service is crucial to the health and safety of our communities, and these new federal funds will help them purchase the equipment they rely on to get the job done each day. Kudos to the East Haddam and West Stafford Fire Departments for going after and earning these competitive funding awards. We owe thanks to all of our firefighters in eastern Connecticut—they 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 federal funding that we’re receiving through this competitive grant award will enable our department to significantly upgrade our lifesaving vehicle extraction equipment, some of which has been in operation for nearly twenty-five years now,” said Lieutenant Mark Morrison of the West Stafford Fire Department. “Our workload for our communities isn’t slowing down, but like many others we’re up against serious budget challenges right now. This new funding is a welcomed financial boost for our department. Thank you to Congressman Courtney for being in our corner to support funding opportunities like this, as well as other priorities—like hazard pay for firefighters who kept working during COVID-19.”

The West Stafford Fire Department will receive a grant award of $81,642 to support the purchase of new, lifesaving vehicle extraction equipment. The East Haddam Fire Department will receive a grant award of $904,761 to support the purchase of new vehicles for the department, as well as other essential equipment.

Both grant awards were dispersed through Round 5 of FEMA’s competitive FY 2019 AFG program. 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.