STRONG – The Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $33,630 through the Homeland Security Committee for training and other equipment.
Fire Chief Scott Dyar said he was “surprised and happy” to get word that his department had received the funding. The department’s award will go toward a new thermal imaging camera, a washer to clean turnout gear and a fire extinguisher video. Dyar said that piece of programming will be shared with other departments so they can fulfill the mandated firefighting training requirements.
“it great to get this grant because we never could have afforded it ourselves,” Dyar said.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, announced the award. The funding is provided through the “Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program,” or FIRE Act.
The department will receive funding through the Operations and Firefighting Safety Program, which consists of training, equipment, wellness and fitness, and modifications to the departments’ facilities.
“The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is a critical source of funding for Maine’s fire and rescue personnel,” said Sen. Collins. “This grant will help provide the Franklin County’s first responders with the equipment and training that they need to better serve their communities.”
Senator Collins strongly supported the creation of the FIRE Act Grant program. These grants are awarded to fire departments across the United States to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, emergency medical service programs, and Fire Prevention and Safety programs, and to purchase new fire equipment.