WASHINGTON, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) has announced that the Old Town Fire and Rescue Department and the Hampden Fire Department will receive funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. The departments will receive $49,400 and $38,000 respectively. Old Town will use the funding for a new diesel exhaust system that will keep harmful fumes out of their living quarters. Hampden will be installing an air system that will fill breathing tanks used during dangerous and life threatening situations. Michaud has sponsored workshops around the state to help Maine fire departments navigate the process for obtaining Assistance to Firefighter Grants.
"Maine communities depend on these fire and rescue departments for their safety and security," said Michaud. "I'm pleased this FEMA program is helping our first responders acquire this much-needed equipment."
According to FEMA, the primary goal of AFG is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.