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New London Fire Department Awarded more than $300,000 in Federal Funding to Purchase New Equipment, Training and More

August 6, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award a federal grant totaling more than $300,000 to the New London Fire Department. The new award will assist the department in purchasing lifesaving equipment and training such as hazardous materials equipment, firefighter training, firefighter cancer screenings, and more. The award was dispersed through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

“Firefighters are called on to be first responders to so many different situations, and they need these resources more than ever,” said Congressman Courtney. “Our towns are up against tremendous revenue shortfalls right now, so federal assistance like this is especially important. These new federal dollars will help the New London Fire Department get the equipment and training they need to keep getting the job done, whether it’s through a pandemic or through a tropical storm. I want to congratulate Chief Curcio and the men and women at the New London Fire Department on receiving this major award, and more importantly to thank them for continuing to serve each day. Our firefighters deserve gratitude, and more than that they deserve compensation for putting themselves and their families at risk to protect our communities during a global pandemic.”

"The AFG Grants we've received here in New London allows us to replace our outdated equipment, replacing it with the newest technology, and also provides invaluable training from the Connecticut State Fire Academy,” said New London Fire Chief Thomas Curcio. “We thank Rep. Courtney’s office and FEMA for their support and funding for these much-needed grants."

The New London Fire Department will receive a federal grant award of $307,229 to support firefighter training, the purchase of hazardous materials equipment, firefighter cancer screening, and wellness equipment. The award was dispersed through FEMA’s AFG program, which is meant to fund critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience. Click here to learn more.