Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chief Paul Morrissette and local officials will officially announce a $45,700 federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for the East Longmeadow Fire Department.
The East Longmeadow Fire Department will use the grant award to purchase and install a new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) bottle compressor. SCBAs are used by firefighters to enter areas that contain atmospheres that are dangerous for firefighters. The new compressor will replace an existing 22 year old model that has be out of service due to extremely high repair costs.
"The department, as well as the Town of East Longmeadow, is honored to receive this award at a time when fiscal decisions are often divided between different agencies and departments throughout towns, states, and the nation," said Morrissette.
"For over a decade, AFG has augmented public safety services nationwide," said Neal. "I am proud to stand with the Chief and the Town of East Longmeadow marking this crucial funding that will benefit the health and safety of our communities."
The US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency oversee the AFG program. AFG is intended to enhance a fire department's ability to protect the health and safety of the public as well as the firefighters.