Originally posted by Journal Inquirer-
The town’s fire department will receive $875,000 in federal funding for essential equipment to help keep firefighters safe.
The grant is the largest amount of money the department has received from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.
On Friday, town officials, members of the fire department, and state representatives gathered in front of the public safety complex to announce the funding.
“If it’s not for the competence, if it’s not for the thoroughness, if it’s not for the demonstrated need, and how you will put this to work in your community, it just simply doesn’t happen,” Rep. John Larson, D-1st District said, adding that the grant is “extraordinarily competitive.”