Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) was notified by the Federal Congressional Delegation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Upton Fire Department an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) totaling $173,334.
The Upton Fire Department is currently operating with twenty-eight Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) which have been in service for a significant period of time and have become outdated. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Upton Fire Department has requested a grant to replace SCBA equipment with new air packs that meet modern safety and functional standards. Earlier this year, Sen. Moore submitted a letter to the Congressional Delegation urging their support of Upton’s application which was being considered by FEMA.
“I was pleased to offer my written support for the Upton Fire Department’s application for this grant opportunity,” said Sen. Moore. “The Department has identified the need for new SCBA equipment and I’m glad to see that grant funding has now come to fruition. This important investment will assist the Department in providing reliable, timely emergency response to residents of the community.”
“Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our neighborhoods and keep our families safe,” said U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “These grants will help ensure that Massachusetts’ fire departments have the staffing, tools and resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. Our fire chiefs and their departments deserve credit for their efforts to get these grants, and I want to thank them for their tireless service to the community.”
“Our communities are safer thanks to the brave service of our local firefighters,” Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) said. “With these grants, we are making a strong investment in our Massachusetts firefighters, ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to protect our families and neighborhoods. I join my colleagues across the Commonwealth in thanking our Massachusetts firefighters and fire chiefs for their tireless service and the sacrifices they make every day to keep all of us safe.”
“The safety and well-being of our firefighters and EMT’s is our number one priority,” said Upton Fire/EMS Chief Ron Goodale. “This was the fourth consecutive year that we applied for this grant to replace our aging and outdated self- contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Our priority neverchanged. I guess the fourth time really is the charm and I couldn’t be happier. The value of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) cannot be overstated. Iwish to thank the folks at FEMA, who work in the AFG program for providing us with the funding to purchase 28 new SCBA. I also wish to thank our taxpayers, Blythe Robinson our Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen in Upton for supporting our grant application. Last but not least I want to recognize State Senator Michael Moore, Congressman James McGovern and Senator Elizabeth Warren and their staff who assisted us along the way. This is a great day at the Upton Fire – EMS Department.,” said Goodale.
The AFG grant program is administered by FEMA to ensure that local fire departments and emergency medical service organizations have the staffing, resources and equipment they need to protect communities and emergency personnel from fires and other related hazards. Upton was one of seven fire departments in the Bay State selected by FEMA for grants totaling more than $19.2 million.