REVERE, MA - Today, Assistant Speaker Clark (MA-5) announced that the Revere Fire Department has been awarded $63,636 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) to help provide firefighters with the support they need to protect our communities. The funding will be used to provide firefighters with improved National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) compliant tools and equipment as well as new state of the art training programs.
“Revere’s brave firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our communities. Ensuring our fire departments have equipment that protects their health is critical to their mission and safety,” said Assistant Speaker Clark. “I am grateful to FEMA for their support and look forward to our continued partnership in Massachusetts."
As a direct result of this important award, Revere Firefighters will procure a new state-of-the-art and NFPA compliant air compressor cascade system to fill their air tanks. This new system will ensure that Revere Firefighters will be breathing clean air when they fill their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles working at fires and all other hazardous sites.
“Without this grant, the fire department would not be able to replace our over 30-year-old non-compliant air compressor,” said Christopher P. Bright, Chief of the Revere Fire Department. “We appreciate Representative Katherine Clark’s unwavering support on matters of importance to firefighters and all first responders.”
The AFG program awards grants directly to fire departments and EMS organizations that are unaffiliated with a hospital to enhance their response capabilities and to protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel more effectively with respect to fire and all other hazards. For more information on the AFG program, please visit: https://www.fema.gov/grants/preparedness/firefighters/assistance-grants.