Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, together with Congressman Stephen Lynch today announced that the Dedham Fire Department will receive $68,256 under the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The federal funding will enable firefighters to deal more effectively with fire-related emergencies.

“This is a moral issue, pure and simple. Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day and we've got a fundamental responsibility to keep them as safe as possible. This investment will allow Chief William Cullinane to upgrade equipment and enhance the department’s ability to respond to emergency situations quickly and effectively,” said Senator Kerry.

“Every day, our hardworking firefighters risk their lives to keep our families and communities safe, and we owe it to them to provide the financial resources to keep them safe in their incredibly dangerous jobs. This funding is an important step in that direction, and I am pleased our firefighters will soon receive upgraded equipment that will allow them to better carry out their work,” said Senator Brown.

“I want to commend Chief Bill Cullinane and the entire Dedham Fire Department for their hard work and commitment in securing this fire grant,” Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said. “With our cities and towns struggling during these difficult economic times, this funding is crucial. Our firefighters are on the front lines every day and they need the proper equipment and training to do their jobs effectively. This funding will go a long way in providing the Dedham Fire Department with the necessary tools to keep their community and themselves safe.”