Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry and Representative Stephen F. Lynch announced today that the Bridgewater Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant of $80,070 under the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program to enable firefighters to deal more effectively with fire-related emergencies and protect the safety of fire personnel and the public. The funds will be used to purchase new protective clothing.

Chief George W. Rogers Jr. said, “We are very happy to receive this grant. This is our third grant in the last four years, and it has enabled us to replace vital equipment. With budgets the way they are these days, these grants are needed.”

Keith Maley, spokesman for Senator Kennedy said, “The Bridgewater Fire Department eminently deserves these funds. Senator Kennedy believes this investment is vital to the indispensable job that these courageous men and women perform every day to protect the safety of the community.”

“This funding will allow Chief George W. Rogers Jr. to upgrade the Bridgewater Fire Department’s equipment, enhancing the department’s ability to respond to emergency situations in the community and improving the safety of both residents and firefighters. Bridgewater’s firefighters put their lives on the line everyday and it’s critical they have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” Senator Kerry said.

Representative Lynch said, “This Fire Grant is a direct result of the hard work and commitment of Chief Rogers and the entire Bridgewater Fire Department. By working together, we were able to secure funding that will allow the Bridgewater Fire Department to purchase equipment that will increase firefighter safety and enhance its ability to carry out its mission.”