BOSTON (24/7 NewsSource/WBZ-AM) -- Seven fire departments across Massachusetts are sharing in a five-and-a-half-million-dollar grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The funding will be used to hire new firefighters, for training and new equipment. The grant includes:
- $3,456,281 to the Lynn Fire Department to hire 20 new firefighters
- $681,503 to the Revere Fire Department to hire 4 new firefighters
- $645,221 to the Yarmouth Fire Department to hire 4 new firefighters
- $258,445 to the Freetown Fire Department to hire 2 new firefighters
- $321,819 to the Gloucester Fire Department for a new ambulance
- $65,170 to the Westfield Fire Department for active shooter training
- $45,623 to the Williamsburg Fire Department for firefighter breathing apparatus
"Massachusetts firefighters work every day to ensure the safety of cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and I am grateful for their unyielding commitment to that mission," Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a release. "This federal funding will help guarantee that first responders have the staffing and resources they need as they continue to keep our families and communities safe."
"I am grateful for the selfless service firefighters provide to our Commonwealth every single day," said Sen. Ed Markey in a release. "Their courage merits the best equipment and training available. These well-earned federal grant awards will ensure that our first responders are equipped with the resources they need to keep our communities safe."
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