The Town of Framingham and Framingham Fire Department has received a $175,182 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Program. The grant was spearheaded and secured by Deputy Chief Kevin Burns prior to his retirement from the Framingham Fire Department.
The funds will be used to purchase new portable radios for Framingham Firefighters. As a condition of this award, the Town of Framingham is required to contribute a cost match in the amount of $17,518, or 10 percent of the Federal contribution.
“A portable radio is one of the most important tools a firefighter carries. Each on-duty firefighter is issued one and it is utilized on every emergency call,” stated Deputy Chief Kevin Burns. “The radio is used to communicate critical information between firefighters on scene, and between firefighters and the dispatcher. With the receipt of this grant, Framingham’s bravest will have high quality portable radios that should serve them and assist them in serving the community of Framingham for years to come."
About the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant
The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations, and State Fire Training Academies. This funding is for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.
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