Congressman John Tierney today joined Beverly Deputy Fire Chief Peter O'Connor to announce that the Beverly Fire Department will receive $14,088 in federal funds under the Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety program to expand its fire prevention education program.
According to Deputy Chief O'Connor, "Over the last 10 years, the Beverly Fire Department has responded to significant fires in several large, multi-unit apartment buildings. In addition to millions in property damage, more than 12 families have been displaced for more than a year as the properties were rebuilt. In each case, the fires were caused by human factors that are easily preventable. It is important that we make every effort to educate residents to the importance of being fire smart and keeping all residents in these complexes safe from fire. Without intervention, we might see more serious injuries or even potential for loss of life. We thank Congressman Tierney for his consistent support of our Department and our programs."
"The Beverly Fire Department has made significant strides in preventing fires through its education program in our schools and senior centers. I commend the Department for its efforts to recognize the residents who still need access to this program, and its work to secure the funds needed to reach them. Federal funds like these are critical investments in our communities, and I will continue to fight to protect them in Congress," Congressman Tierney said.
Earlier this summer, Congressman Tierney hosted his regular grant writing workshop at the Wakefield Public Safety Building. More than 45 fire chiefs, grant writers and local officials from across the area were in attendance.