Sherman fire department receives $88,000 grant
The Sherman Fire Department received a $88,000 federal grant to buy 28 portable radios.
It was part of a total $45.5 million grants awarded to 294 fire departments across the nation this week through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
New Britain, Waterbury, Pleasant Valley, New London and Fairfield also received grants.
New London’s was the biggest grant in Connecticut with nearly $416,000, which will be used for vehicle rescue training, power stretchers and ambulance lift systems.
Fairfield received the next highest amount with more than $216,000 that will cover 24 firefighter breathing apparatus.
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. The grants have been awarded since 2001 to help pay for equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards, according to press release.
The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.