Wicked Local Northwest, Concord, Mass.
Apr. 9—The Concord Fire Department has received a $14,990 grant to be used to purchase several pieces of equipment, including meters for monitoring hazardous atmospheres, SCUBA equipment for the department’s two divers, an ice rescue suit to replace one that is failing, and firefighting gloves.
According to Chief Tom Judge, Concord is one of nearly 300 fire departments across the state to have been awarded a grant as part of the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2021 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.
“We are truly grateful for this funding and the work that the staff at the Department of Fire Services puts into making grants like this available,” Judge said in a statement. “This funding helps tremendously to fill gaps in our ability to replace older equipment and procure new equipment.”
The program makes the jobs of firefighters safer as it enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment. Overall, $4 million was awarded to departments statewide as part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration to support firefighter health and safety over the next five years.
Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 114 different types of eligible equipment, including personal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment and more.
A complete list of the awards by department can be found on the state website.
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