MERRIMAC — Chief Larry Fisher is pleased to announce that the Merrimac Fire Department is one of nearly 300 fire departments across the state to have been awarded a grant as part of the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2021 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.
The $12,500 grant awarded to the Merrimac Fire Department will be used to purchase five sets of new structural firefighting gear and a clothes dryer.
“We are regularly working to identify resources to provide safety equipment for our firefighters, limit the financial exposure to the Town of Merrimac and make a balanced approach to fulfilling public safety needs,” Chief Fisher said. “The support of State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and Gov. Charlie Baker has been invaluable in ensuring those needs are met, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
This program enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment that will make firefighters’ jobs safer. The $4 million awarded to departments statewide is part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration to support firefighter health and safety over the next five years.
Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 114 different types of eligible equipment, including personal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment and more.
“Investing in the short-term and long-term health and safety of firefighters has been a hallmark of the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Ostroskey. “I am grateful that we are able to continue supporting this initiative and make sure that firefighters not only go home safe at the end of every shift, but also that they maintain their health during and after their careers. This funding couldn’t come at a better time either. With the financial challenges that COVID-19 has brought to so many Massachusetts municipalities, this grant funding will mitigate critical budget gaps in many departments.”
A complete list of the awards by department can be found here.