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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Announces Federal Grant for Portland Volunteer Fire Department

September 4, 2018
Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today, Congressman John B. Larson announced that the Portland Fire Department will receive a $14,586 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

“It is imperative that our firefighters receive the support they need to keep our communities safe when responding to emergencies. I thank the Department of Homeland Security for awarding this grant to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department. As the son of a firefighter, I understand the dangers these brave men and women confront on a daily basis. This grant will strengthen the Portland Volunteer Fire Department’s fire and emergency response operations. That is why I sent a letter supporting their application and will continue advocating on behalf of fire houses in the First District,” said Larson

“We would like to thank Congressman Larson for his solid and strong support of our brave men and women in the Portland Fire Department. Congratulations to Chief Shea and the Portland Fire Department for another successful grant award. These funds will be used to keep our firefighters’ protective gear in good working order. We are so proud of our Portland Fire Department, and all the work they do in responding to emergencies and keeping our residents safe. Thank you Portland Fire Department!,” said First Selectwoman Susan Bransfield.

“This grant is another great win for the brave men and women who serve our community. This award will be used to purchase a new Personal Protective Equipment Washer/Extractor and Dryer Unit,” said Fire Chief Robert Shea. “This new equipment will allow our Fire/EMS personnel to effectively clean their protective equipment properly and safely; removing harmful contaminates and carcinogens which have proven to cause occupational illness including cancer. We thank the Department of Homeland Security for their continued effort in providing the necessary funding to protect our First responders and Congressman Larson for his years of support to our department,” Shea continued.