September 01, 2022 3:14 p.m.
Five fire departments in eastern Connecticut will receive a new round of federal grants totaling more than $887,000, U.S. Representative Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, announced this week.
Fire departments in Chester, Preston, New London, Norwich and Stafford will receive funds distributed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Firefighters Assistance Scheme. The funding is used to purchase new safety equipment and lifesaving medical devices and to pay for training.
The City of Norwich Fire Department will receive $379,901 for training and certification of rapid response techniques used to rescue firefighters when trapped or disoriented in a fire.
The New London Fire Department received $95,545 to pay for fire instructor courses. In Preston, the Poquetanuck Volunteer Fire Department will receive $45,714 to purchase compression devices for CPR. The Chester Hose Company will receive $127,428 to fund the purchase of new breathing apparatus for firefighters.
“On the heels of newly enhanced benefits for firefighters and police officers through the bipartisan Protecting Our First Responders Act, this new round of federal AFG grants represents another important source of support for our firefighters and fire stations.” , Courtney said in a statement.