Congressman Stephen F. Lynch announced today that the Town of Medfield has been awarded a grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The federally-funded award, in the amount of $142,500, will be used to purchase a Mobile Live Fire Multi-Trainer.
Congressman Lynch, with the active assistance of Chief William Kingsbury, advocated on behalf of Medfield's application with the Department of Homeland Security. This is the third Fire Grant Congressman Lynch has helped secure for the Medfield Fire Department.
Funded by Congress, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is designed to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, EMS programs, and Fire Prevention and Safety Programs, and fund the purchase of new firefighting equipment. The total of all 2007 awards will represent a $490 million investment to enhance fire and EMS service delivery throughout the United States.
Congressman Lynch said, “This Fire Grant is a direct result of the hard work and commitment of Chief Bill Kingsbury and the entire Medfield Fire Department. By working together, we were able to secure funding that will allow Medfield Fire Department to provide safe and controlled live fire training not just for their own firefighters but to departments throughout the region.”
“On behalf of the Medfield Fire Department I would like to thank Congressman Lynch for his continued support of our grant requests,” Chief Kingsbury said. “The Medfield Fire Department has received over $325,000 in grant awards in the last six years. It is without a doubt that if it weren’t for this grant program and the efforts of Congressman Lynch, none of this much needed equipment would be available to our firefighters.”
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.