Jaffrey Fire Department receives federal fundsBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
May 20. 2014 8:27PM
JAFFREY — A federal grant is funding firefighting training and equipment for the Jaffrey Fire Department.
The $148,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was announced Monday by Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-NH.
“The funding made available by the 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will allow us to outfit our First Responders with much needed Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which is a key component of their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when entering hazardous environments,” Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlain said in the announcement. “This award will allow our first responders to have the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need to be able to do their job safely and allow everyone to go home to their families after the emergency incident. I would like to thank FEMA, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, Representative Kuster and her fellow Representatives and all others involved for supporting this program and securing the funding.”
The federal grant program helps fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations obtain the equipment they need to do their jobs effectively, including protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources that help protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and other related hazards.
“Our brave firefighters and other emergency personnel confront danger on a daily basis in order to keep our communities safe from harm and destruction,” Kuster said. “We must ensure fire departments across New Hampshire have the necessary resources to perform their duties safely and effectively. I congratulate Jaffrey on this grant award and thank all those dedicated men and women who face personal risk every day in order to protect the safety of Granite State families.”
The Assistance to Firefighters grant has provided about $5.6 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training since 2001.