Vermont's congressional delegation announced Friday that the Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a $329,378 Fire Prevention and Safety grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This grant will help DPS' Division of Fire Safety implement "Fire Safe 802," a statewide, rural home fire safety education project to protect Vermont's most vulnerable residents, including children, seniors and people with disabilities. Working with local fire departments, the Division of Fire Safety will conduct home safety surveys, provide education on safety hazards and install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes that need them.
Fire Safe 802 will build on past fire prevention efforts and is designed to minimize the incidence of death and injuries caused by fire and fire-related hazards.
"This federal grant will give the Vermont Division of Fire Safety the resources it needs to educate the public on fire risks and make critical improvements in people's homes. The Division of Fire Safety and local fire departments play an invaluable role keeping our communities safe, and we are pleased FEMA has provided the resources they need to do this important work," Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said in a joint statement.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson said, "With these funds, the Division of Fire Safety will be able to install lifesaving smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes that would otherwise not have them."
"This award will be used to implement the Fire Safe 802 program, a new comprehensive community risk reduction project and home fire safety improvement campaign," Division of Fire Safety Director Michael Desrochers said. "We are very fortunate to have received this grant and we are excited to implement the program."
Division of Fire Safety Public Education and Information Section Chief Micheal Greenia said, "Funding from this grant will allow us to continue working with the Vermont Fire Service, American Red Cross and the Vermont/New Hampshire Carbon Monoxide Alliance to meet our program objectives of reducing the number of fire related fatalities and injuries."