Congressman Tierney Announces More Than $86,000 in Federal Funds for the Newburyport Fire Department
Washington, DC - Congressman John Tierney today joined Newburyport Fire Chief Stephen J. Cutter to announce that the Newburyport Fire Department will receive $86,545 in federal funds under the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for portable gas detectors and thermal imaging cameras on each truck and flash lights and PASS alarms for each firefighter.
"These funds are helping to keep our families and firefighter safe by supplying critical equipment upgrades, like thermal imaging cameras that allow firefighters to see through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers." Congressman Tierney said. "Local communities already at risk of cutting services due to economic pressures can upgrade safety equipment while maintaining force levels, keeping firefighters safe at the scene, and keeping communities protected. I thank Chief Cutter for his hard work leading the Newburyport Fire Department and keeping our fire fighters and our community safe."
"This grant will help enhance our operation and the safety of our firefighters though gas detectors, PASS alarms, thermal imaging cameras and portable flash lights," Chief Cutter said. "We appreciate Congressman Tierney's support for this program, which is vital to the safety of our firefighters and our community."
The Newburyport Fire Department was selected to receive the funding after undergoing a competitive application process. The Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant program (AFG) awards one-year grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service (EMS) organizations to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, purchase protective equipment and to establish or expand fire prevention training programs throughout the United States.