February 17, 2020
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FEMA issues grants to three Maine towns for first-responder gear

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $400,000 in Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield and Skowhegan, according to congressional delegation press releases.

The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department will receive nearly $239,000 for a new tanker truck, used for transporting large amounts of water to emergencies; and the Skowhegan Fire Department will receive nearly $135,000 for self-contained breathing apparatuses.

“Supporting our first-responders means investing in, and providing them with, first-rate equipment,” said Michaud. “These grants from FEMA help the brave firefighters who protect our communities better do their jobs. These are important investments from FEMA, and I know they will help the fire departments in Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan continue to respond to emergencies safely, quickly, and effectively.”

“These grants play a vital role in supporting fire departments across Maine, like those in Skowhegan, Brownfield and Bridgewater, as well as the dedicated fire and rescue personnel who serve our communities,” U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement. “These funds will help provide rescue personnel with the appropriate resources necessary to perform their important duties.”