Boston, MA – Representative Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA-08) is pleased to announce the final list of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants that have been awarded to cities and towns within the 8th Congressional District. Over the course of 8 rounds, eleven fire departments within the district were awarded funding through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, two fire departments received funding through the agency’s Staffing for Adequate & Fire Emergency Response (SAFER) program and one city was awarded funding through the Fire Prevention & Safety Grant (FP&S) program.
“I am pleased to see twelve fire departments in the 8th Congressional District received this critical funding from FEMA,” said Rep Lynch. “Congratulations to all the Fire Chiefs and Mayors on securing these federal grants that will assist with the acquisition of gear, equipment and training. It is imperative we continue to provide our fire departments with the necessary funds so they can invest in components that help ensure our firefighters’ health and safety."
"As always, for those towns who were not successful in this current round of FEMA grants, our office is available to provide support so that we will improve future opportunities of obtaining federal assistance in subsequent awards," Rep. Lynch added.
The AFG grants awarded to Massachusetts fire departments in the 8th Congressional District include:
- Boston, MA – Federal share of $ 704,510 for wellness & fitness activities – firefighter cancer screening program
- Bridgewater, MA – Federal share of $18,452.72 for firefighter wellness & fitness screenings
- Brockton, MA – Federal share of $572,728 for a fire pumper engine
- Canton, MA – Federal share of $ 85,718 for firefighter safety and survival training
- East Bridgewater, MA – Federal share of $36,265 for firefighter protective gear, a face piece fit test unit, and firefighting hose
- Hingham, MA (regional grant with Norwell, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate) – Federal share of $ 172,646 for Emergency Vehicle Operator training
- Hingham, MA – Federal share of $68,182 for 6 thermal imaging cameras
- Holbrook, MA – Federal share of $14,032 for 9 mobile radios
- Quincy, MA – Federal share of $545,455 for a pumper
- Stoughton, MA – Federal share of $ 58,514 for Mass Casualty – Active Shooter training.
- West Bridgewater, MA – Federal share of $ 64,076 for a fire station diesel exhaust system
The SAFER grants awarded to Massachusetts fire departments in the 8th Congressional District include:
- Quincy, MA – Federal share of $2,934,840 to hire 16 new firefighters
- Weymouth, MA – Federal share of $559,418 to hire 4 new firefighters
Fire Prevention & Safety Grant (FP & S) Program
- Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA – Federal share of $186,667 to fund a research and development project “Economic and emotional impact of an Active Shooter”
- National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA – Federal share of $922,128 to fund a research and development projects studying preventing cooking fires and the use of drones in the fire service