Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, together with Congressman Stephen Lynch today announced that the Stoughton Fire Department will receive $675,000 under the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The federal funding will enable firefighters to purchase a new vehicle which will allow them 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 David Jardin to 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 David Jardin and the entire Stoughton 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 federal funding is crucial and will help ensure that our firefighters have the proper equipment and training to do their jobs effectively.  This funding will go a long way in providing the Stoughton Fire Department with the necessary tools to keep Stoughton safe.”

“These much-needed funds would not have been possible without all of the hard work and dedication of our local officials the Town Manger, Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting and the support of Senator Kerry, Senator Brown and Congressman Lynch, Senator Brian Joyce and State Reps Lou Kafka and Bill Galvin.  The funds will allow us to replace a previous owned Ladder truck that we have had for 12 years that has reached the end of its life cycle. This funding will ensure that we continue to provide the safest, best possible service to the residents of Stoughton,” said Chief David Jardin.