WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud has praised the announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing $87,000 to the Eddington Fire Department. These funds, which are made available through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program, will be used to help the Eddington Fire Department acquire new safety products, such as turnout gear and air packs.
"Investments like these improve public safety by providing our first responders with the training and equipment they need," said Michaud. "These additional resources will help keep our local firefighters safe while they serve the needs of our communities."
Last year, Michaud hosted a series of workshops in Auburn, Bangor, and Presque Isle aimed at helping Maine's fire departments navigate the FEMA grant process.
According to Department of Homeland Security, the AFG program is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards. The AFG program makes investments directly to fire departments and EMS organizations to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel.