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Courtney Announces New Federal Funding Award for Preston’s Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department

September 19, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a federal grant of $120,000 to the Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., located in Preston. The new federal funding will support the procurement of new lifesaving equipment used in vehicle extraction situations.

“The Poquitanuck Volunteer Fire Department deserves major congratulations for successfully applying for these federal grant dollars,” said Congressman Courtney. “These federal grant awards are highly sought after across the country these days, so it’s great to see the resources coming home to us here in eastern Connecticut. The ‘Assistance to Firefighters’ program has done a lot of good for our region, and I’ll keep working in Congress to make the sure that the program is well supported.”

“These federal funds couldn’t come at a better time,” said Fire Chief Thomas Casey. “The Town of Preston’s emergency services are going through some difficult changes right now – the budget is strained, but we’re in dire need of this equipment. This grant award gives us the ability to procure the tools we need, and I’m proud of our team for putting together a successful application.”

Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., will receive a federal grant award of $120,000 through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The investment will be used to procure new vehicle extraction equipment. Click here to read more.