Old Town, Hampden first responders get nearly $88,000 from FEMA

Posted June 19, 2013, at 10:57 a.m.

WASHINGTON — First responders in Old Town and Hampden will receive funding thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Old Town Fire and Rescue Department will earn $49,400 while Hampden’s fire department will earn $38,000 through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program.

Old Town plans on using the funding for a new diesel exhaust system that will keep harmful fumes out of their fire station.

Hampden’s grant will be used to install an air system that will fill breathing tanks used during dangerous and life-threatening situations.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud praised the decision.

“Maine communities depend on these fire and rescue departments for their safety and security,” Michaud said in a statement. “I’m pleased this FEMA program is helping our first responders acquire this much-needed equipment.”