Blumenthal, Murphy, Larson, Courtney Announce Over $267,000 in Federal Funding to Support Fire Departments in Groton and West Hartford

FEMA grants to be used for a new ambulance, CPR devices

(Hartford, CT)—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Representatives John Larson (CT-1) and Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced two Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG) totaling $267,044 for Groton and West Hartford.

The City of Groton will receive $67,044 for two chest compression (CPR) devices and a diesel exhaust system. The Town of West Hartford will receive $200,000 for a new ambulance.

“Firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. These new federal dollars to Groton and West Hartford will help these brave, selfless individuals do their important jobs more safely and effectively,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, Larson, and Courtney. “The AFG grant program has helped departments here in Connecticut and across the country obtain the best, most-up to date equipment, and we’ll continue to make sure that the funding for this critical program is preserved for years to come.”

FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter grant program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards since 2001.