Congressman Richard E. Neal will join Westfield Fire Chief Mary Regan, emergency service personnel and local officials to announce a $137,579 federal Department of Homeland Assistance to Firefighter's Grant. The grant will fund new recruits attending the Massachusetts Fire Academy for Firefighter I & II certification.
"The ability to send these young recruits for this professional development allows the department to provide first class protection of lives and property in our community while giving young recruits the knowledge and experience they need to work safely in dangerous conditions," said Regan.
This critical funding will allow the Westfield Fire Department to meet safe staffing levels by backfilling positions while the recruits are attending the Massachusetts Fire Academy. The ability to keep the firefighter positions filled impacts the operations of the department in order to continue providing the necessary fire protection at safe and adequate levels.
"Equipping our bravest men and women with adequate training so they can protect us - and themselves - in a time of need is simply a good idea," said Neal. "Ensuring safety is a responsibility of the federal government and I am pleased to advocate for western Massachusetts."