FEMA awards Orange Fire Department with over $500K

  • The Orange Fire Department received $561,906 in grant money for the purchase of a pumper truck and an air compressor refill system from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) File Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 7/30/2018 6:43:36 PM

ORANGE — Thanks to $561,906 in federal emergency assistance, upgrades for the Orange Fire Department may be in the near future.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded 18 Massachusetts fire departments with about $4.8 million through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The Orange department received the grant for the purchase of a pumper truck and an air compressor refill system.

According to the federal agency’s website, the primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program 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.”

Orange Fire Chief James Young and Town Administrator Gabriele Voelker did not return phone calls by press time Monday.

Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, spoke about Orange firefighters and the commitment first-responders make to helping their communities.

“Every single day, courageous firefighters in cities and towns across our commonwealth put their lives on the line to protect us,” McGovern said in a statement. “Keeping our communities safe starts with making strong investments in our first responders, and I’m proud that this new funding for firefighting equipment in Orange and Shrewsbury will help us protect them.”

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said firefighters helped to ensure the safety of towns and the funding will help them to do so.

“These heroes deserve the best equipment and resources available to them so they can continue to assist residents in their time of need. I commend all of the local leaders for their persistence in obtaining these critical federal funds,” Markey said in a statement.


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