SHREWSBURY — Chief James Vuona is pleased to announce that the Shrewsbury Fire Department has been awarded an approximately $34,000 grant from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP).
The funds will purchase portable radio equipment for firefighters.
Firefighter Michael Borowiec wrote the successful application. Eligible municipalities were invited to solicit up to $50,000 in total funding to benefit their police and/or fire department needs.
“Shrewsbury Fire Department is grateful for this generous grant from the Baker-Polito Administration and its support of our Department,” said Chief Vuona. “These funds will allow us to purchase new equipment and improve the communication of our firefighters as we continue to serve our community through this pandemic.”
The Department hopes to use the grant to purchase and install equipment this fall.
Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP)
The Baker-Polito Administration today allocated more than $9.6 million in federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP) grants awarded to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) from the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 100 local and state public safety agencies will receive this funding for additional resources to further aid in preventing, preparing for and/or responding to the Coronavirus.
CESFP awards were also made available for competitive solicitation by state public safety agencies responsible for confronting the pandemic. The funding will assist agencies with outfitting staff with personal protective gear, purchasing deep cleaning sanitation equipment for correctional facilities and academies, utilizing video technology to conduct hearings remotely, and obtaining materials to reconfigure office space to enhance social distancing and protect essential workers.