WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I awarded a total of $92,562 in grant funding for the Walpole Fire Department. This grant will support firefighting training for emergency personnel.

Funded by the United States Congress, the Assistance for Firefighters Grant (AFG) program is designed to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, as well as support firefighter health and safety programs and new fire apparatus.

“Firefighting is becoming more complicated every day, and our firefighters need to be trained to meet the demands of their profession”, said Congressman Stephen Lynch. “This grant will provide funding for the Walpole Fire Department to train its firefighters more thoroughly, and keep safe the families in Walpole. This grant is the result of the collective effort of Chief Timothy Bailey, Jr. and the Walpole Fire Department.”

The goal of AFG is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters by providing critical resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognizes standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. More information on the AFG, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant programs is available here.