NORTH ATTLEBORO — Chief Christopher Coleman is pleased to announce that the North Attleboro Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The grant, in the amount of $41,155.45, will be used to fund the purchase of extrication and stabilization equipment, including battery-powered spreaders, cutters and rams to extricate people from car crashes. Funding will also be used to purchase a mechanical strut equipment kit to stabilize a vehicle following a crash.
The Town of North Attleboro will match the grant award by 10%, bringing the total funding available to the fire department to $45,271.
“With the funds awarded to our department through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, we will be able to purchase additional equipment that will assist our members with extricating those stuck in vehicles following a car crash,” Chief Coleman said. “We are thankful to have received this grant as the new equipment will assist us greatly during our emergency response to ensure our patients get quick and effective extrication from dangerous situations.”
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.
For more information on the FY2021 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, click here.