Vermont Business Magazine: Firefighters and EMS Personnel Get $1.9 million in Federal Grants

Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Friday that firefighters and EMS personnel throughout Vermont are receiving $1.9 million through 15 federal grants. The awards are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which helps fire departments and EMS agencies train and purchase critically needed equipment. This year’s grants will help buy a range of equipment, including turnout gear, breathing apparatus, hoses and nozzles, radios and cardiac monitors.   

“These federal grants will help our first-responders protect Vermonters. Our firefighters and EMS personnel play an invaluable role in our communities and we are pleased to be able to help provide the resources they need,” said Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont).

The largest of the grant awards is for the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s Fire Academy, which is receiving $500,000 for a “burn building,” a training facility that provides opportunities to practice firefighting scenarios.

“The Vermont Fire Academy is grateful to have received AFG funding that will allow us the opportunity to replace our live-fire training burn building. This is a real boost for the Vermont firefighting community. Thanks to all that continue to support this grant,” said Peter Lynch, the state’s chief of fire service training for the Vermont Division of Fire Safety in the Department of Public Safety.

The federal grants were awarded to:

•           Vermont Department of Public Safety (Vermont Fire Academy); $500,000

•           Underhill-Jericho Fire Department, Inc.; $228,262

•           Essex Fire Department; $180,000

•           St. Johnsbury Fire Department;  $178,572

•           Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association;  $156,762

•           Bellows Falls Fire Department; $142,858

•           Wardsboro Fire Department; $129,524

•           West Windsor Fire Department; $90,667

•           Cavendish Volunteer Fire Department; $85,715

•           West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department; $83,810

•           Pownal Rescue Squad; $43,610

•           Springfield Fire Department; $36,427

•           Montpelier Fire/Ambulance Department; $23,765

•           Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department; $19,048

•           Pownal Fire Department; $13,719

Source: Congressional delegation 10.7.2016

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