NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — The Narragansett Fire Department has received a $54,726 federal grant to purchase new safety equipment.
The money comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, and will be used to buy protective turnout gear and bailout systems.
“I am so pleased that the Narragansett Fire Department has been awarded this grant, and it really could not have come at a better time,” said Narragansett Fire Chief Scott Partington in a statement. “Budgetary constraints have made it difficult to replace and update equipment, so these funds will go a long way to support and improve the fire service in Narragansett.”
The grant was announced Friday by U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed.
“We depend on our firefighters to protect Rhode Island families in dangerous conditions,” said Whitehouse. “These federal funds will provide Narragansett’s first responders equipment that works well and keeps them safe.”
““When first responders put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities and our families, it is our duty to ensure they have the best possible equipment to get the job done,” Reed added. “These AFG grants are an important investment in the safety of our firefighters and public safety as well. I’m glad to see these federal dollars flowing to Rhode Island and being put to good use.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program has awarded more than $274 million nationwide to departments for operations and safety equipment.