Fire departments receive grants for PPE, disinfecting equipment

  • The Greenfield Fire Department has received a $10,455 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will allow it to buy personal protective equipment and disinfecting equipment. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/22/2020 2:20:22 PM

Three local fire departments have been named recipients of grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In the latest round of funding, the Leverett Fire Department received $1,550 through the agency’s supplemental COVID-19 funding opportunity under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for fiscal year 2020, according to a FEMA press release. The program aims to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards.

Leverett Fire Chief John Ingram said the money will be used as reimbursement for the department’s purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves and gowns.

Additionally, earlier this month, Greenfield Fire Department received $10,455, and Sunderland Fire Department received $2,217.

Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan, who said he applied for the grant this spring, said the $10,455 will be used for purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfecting equipment.

“It’s going to be used to better protect the firefighters when they respond to emergencies,” Strahan explained. “The majority of it is going to be used to disinfect the trucks. If we had to transport a patient with COVID, we’ll be able to disinfect the ambulance afterward, completely from top to bottom.”

Likewise, with municipal budgets under “significant stress,” the $2,217 grant will allow the Sunderland Fire Department to purchase much-needed PPE to prepare for pandemic emergencies, according to Fire Chief Steven Benjamin.

“By using these funds, we don’t have to exclusively use money from our equipment/operation budget, which has to satisfy our normal operating needs,” Benjamin said in a statement.

Specifically, the grant money will be used to purchase P100 filters for full face masks for Sunderland firefighters.

“The P100 filters are just about the most protective filters available,” he said.

Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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