EASTON — Chief Justin Alexander is pleased to announce that the Easton Fire Department has been awarded approximately $63,000 from an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“The Easton Fire Department well deserves this $63,000 grant from FEMA,” said Congressman Jake Auchincloss. “The funding will help keep firefighters safe and healthy as they protect the public. I am committed to investing in public safety and supporting first responders, and I will keep working for further federal aid.”
The $63,636.36 grant, announced last week, will be used to pay for the cost of a new air compressor and fill station for the department’s breathing air packs.
“I would like to thank Chief Kevin Partridge, who submitted the grant application prior to his retirement and Congressman Auchincloss for his continued support of our department and town,” Chief Alexander said. “This grant will be a great benefit to our department as our current system is very old and servicing it is has become costly and difficult. Providing our firefighters with the best equipment and technology we can is critical to keeping our department members safe and healthy and this grant helps in continuing that effort.”
Assistance to Firefighters Grants
Assistance to Firefighters Grants are allocated to fire departments nationally to fund and aid the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.
These federal grants help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.