WFD receives grant for new equipment

WFD receives grant for new equipment

WARWICK – In an effort to enhance fire protection and emergency response capabilities across the state, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have announced a total of $4,216,959 in federal funding to help a dozen fire departments across the state purchase new equipment and recruit new firefighters.

Fire departments in Warwick, East Providence, Woonsocket, Middletown, Harmony, Little Compton, Coventry, North Scituate, and Saylesville, along with the Rhode Island Fire Academy in Exeter, the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association, and the Union Fire District in South Kingstown have all been awarded federal fire grants by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program helps fire departments purchase equipment and emergency vehicles and provides training and other firefighting and fire prevention activities. The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant program helps fire departments comply with staffing, response, and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association.

The Woonsocket Fire Department will use $296,364 to purchase 50 portable radios, four protective gear washers, and four protective gear dryers.

The Rhode Island Fire Academy will receive $216,782 in federal funding to help the academy purchase equipment for Technical Rescue Team and Rapid Intervention Team training programs. In addition, the academy will purchase nozzles and firehose for general training use, and additional live fire-training props and resources.

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association and the Union Fire District will receive SAFER grants of $822,698 and $442,140, respectively, to fund volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention programs.