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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces Nearly $100,000 Federal Grant for South Windham Fire Department

September 11, 2018
Press Release

(Norwich, CT) – Recently, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced a grant award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) in the amount of $95,845 to the South Windham Fire Department. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Region I, will fund upgrades for self-contained breathing apparatuses.

“The federal government’s demonstrated support for the safety and operations of our first responders who dedicate their lives to protect our neighborhoods represents an important allegiance that betters all of our communities,” said Congressman Courtney. “This grant funding is excellent news for the South Windham Fire Department. I applaud Ted Colwell for his steadfast efforts to secure this funding.

Ted Colwell, Treasurer and Public Information Officer of the South Windham Fire Department, said, “The officers and members of the South Windham Fire Department are very grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation and the success of the grant application for upgrades to our firefighter’s self-contained breathing apparatus. Firefighting is inherently dangerous, men and women who undertake the risks and burdens of its hazards deserve every possible protection, respiratory safety provided by state of the art air supplies are crucial to making their lives as secure as possible in the face of the condition they are called upon to confront. Aggressive pursuit of these grant funds is not only a moral responsibility in protection of our firefighters, but a conscientious fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interest of the taxpayers who are our most loyal supporters, neighbors, relatives, friends, and indeed, ourselves. Again, thank you, and the entire Connecticut delegation for your continued support.”

Funding from the AFG program will be used by the South Windham London Fire Department to provide its personnel with harnesses, backpacks, breathing apparatuses and cylinders.  It was my pleasure to support this application and ensure that our first responders’ have the necessary equipment to execute their public mission.

The AFG program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public.  The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first-responders in moments of crisis.