This is the second fire grant for the Easton Fire Department in less than a year. The Department previously was awarded $225,000 in federal funding to purchase a new Rescue/Pumper firefighting vehicle.
Funded by Congress, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is designed to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs,
Congressman Lynch said, "This Fire Grant is a direct result of the hard work and commitment of Chief Thomas Stone and the Easton Fire Department. They have demonstrated the ability to adapt and respond to new threats and to do what it takes to protect the families of Easton. I realize that the state budget situation is very difficult right now and we are working with Senator Bob Creedon and Representatives Christine Canavan, Geraldine Creedon and David Flynn to come up with ways to get us through these tough economic times. I hope that by directing these federal dollars toward local public safety needs, we will provide some relief to the local tax base.”
More than 20,000 fire departments - volunteer and career - applied for grant awards this year, submitting requests totaling almost $2.5 billion. A lengthy peer review, involving 300 fire service representatives from throughout the
Congressman Lynch has been working closely with each of the cities and towns in the Ninth Congressional District on their applications for federal grants under the Fire Act, and additional funding for first responders made available after September 11th. Lynch added, "