5 R.I. fire departments receive $1.2M in grants for training, equipment

FIVE FIRE DEPARTMENTS in Rhode Island were granted $1.2 million from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER
FIVE FIRE DEPARTMENTS in Rhode Island were granted $1.2 million from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island fire departments will receive a total of $1.2 million in federal grants for training and equipment, the state’s congressional delegation announced Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award funding to the Cranston, Johnston, Lime Rock (located in Lincoln), North Kingstoen and Western Coventry fire departments.

“These federal funds will enhance public safety and improve the departments’ emergency response capabilities. I salute our firefighters and first responders,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. “They do so much for our communities, and we have their back.”

This AFG grants will be used as follows:

  • The Cranston Fire Department will receive $896,733 in AFG funding for Technical Rescue Team training as well as to purchase gear and tools required for complex rescue scenarios, including building collapses, trench rescues or rope rescues.
  • The Western Coventry Fire Department is granted $93,746 for training as well as for six mobile radios and a power stretcher/ambulance lift system.
  • The North Kingstown Fire Department will receive $79,743 for firefighter personal escape devices and training for the devices.
  • The Lime Rock Fire Department will use $77,743 from the grant program to purchase two new defibrillators/cardiac monitors.
  • The Johnston Fire Department will use $66,371 from the grant program to replace 48 Self-Contained Breather Apparatus air tanks.

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