RI Fire Departments Get $2.1M Boost for Safety, Training, Operations
East Greenwich, Exeter, Johnston, North Kingstown, Manville, and Warwick to share in new AFG funds to support firefighters
WARWICK, RI – Half a dozen local fire departments and the state’s Fire Training Academy are getting a $2.1 million boost from the federal government to help strengthen firefighter operations and safety and offer new, intensive training classes.
Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced over $2.1 million in new federal funding for fire departments across the state. The delegation says the fire departments are receiving federal funds to purchase vital safety and communications equipment and offer training that will protect firefighters and the public.
The federal funds are made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and will help local fire departments prioritize operations and safety.
“These federal grants will help firefighters across the state enhance public safety. It will help them stay safe on the job as they serve the public and continue to perform their essential work,” said Senator Reed.
“Every day, our firefighters put their lives on the line to keep Rhode Islanders safe and they deserve the latest tools and training to do their jobs,” said Senator Whitehouse. “The federal funds awarded to the Rhode Island Fire Training Academy and departments across our state will go a long way toward protecting our communities and the first responders who serve them.”
“Every day, Rhode Island’s firefighters bravely respond to public safety emergencies, public health crises, natural disasters, and accidents all across our state,” said Congressman Jim Langevin. “I’m proud to deliver the AFG funding to ensure our firefighters can do these difficult jobs as safely and effectively as possible.”
“Ensuring our fire departments and firefighters have the resources – funding, equipment, and training – that they need to stay safe is and will always be a top priority of mine,” said Congressman Cicilline. “These grants are key to supporting these heroes and the work they do every day to keep us all safe.”
The following cities and town fire departments and districts will receive the federal fire grants:
North Kingstown: $848,081 for Mobile, Portable, Base Radios and Mobile Repeaters and $93,343 for Firefighter Training - regional award that also benefits East Greenwich Fire Department;
Warwick: $743,452 for Mobile, Portable, Base Radios and Mobile Repeaters and Firefighter Accountability System;
Rhode Island Fire Training Academy: $259,565 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus, Training Props, and Tow Vehicle/Trailer;
North Kingstown: Manville: $80,173 for Firefighting Hose, Equipment and Firefighter Training;
Exeter: $63,333 for Firefighter Turnout Gear; and
Johnston: $40,909 for Mobile Radio Repeaters.