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Middletown Firefighters Awarded FEMA grant

Award of $465,320 will be used to purchase new radios

The will be able to buy new radios thanks to a nearly $500,000 grant awarded by the

U.S Reps.(D-6) and (D-12) both announced receipt of the $465,320 federal grant on Wednesday.  The township fire department applied for the grant earlier this year through FEMA’s program.

The fire department had sought the federal money to replace a number of radios recently made obsolete by new standards according to Pallone and Holt.  

The grant was awarded to the township fire department through a competitive process in which applications were evaluated by experts in the fire service, Holt said.

The  grant is an early gift for the local fire department, who might not be able to afford new radios without the influx of cash, Pallone noted.

“This funding will make a difference locally by making it safer for local firefighters and first responders to do their job and save lives,” said Pallone of

The money will ensure that individual firefighters can effectively communicate with each other and enhance public safety, Holt explained.

“The program provides direct support to fire departments seeking to improve their first responders’ preparedness and ability to protect the health and safety of the public,” said Holt of

 “I am always pleased to see local first responders obtain the funding they need to serve our communities, and am glad to see the receive this funding,” he added.

In a letter Holt wrote to earlier this year in support ofgrant application, he stressed the importance of the new radios.

 “I believe we owe it to our first responders to provide them with the best possible equipment,” Holt wrote. “We can and must do more to ensure that all of our career and volunteer emergency services personnel return home safety at the end of each call.”

As part ofand the federal , the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of a coordinated effort to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.

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