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Larson Announces Nearly $450,000 For Manchester and West Hartford Fire Departments

August 6, 2021
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the Manchester and West Hartford Fire Departments were awarded grants by the Department of Homeland Security under the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG). 

The Manchester Fire Department was awarded $98,242.33 for operations and safety. The West Hartford Fire Department was awarded $350,353.64 for Fire Officer Training. 

“Our firefighters and first responders step up to the plate every day to keep us safe. This funding will support crucial training programs that will enhance public safety and strengthen the ability of firefighters to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Larson. “These grants are awarded on a highly competitive basis across the country, so it is a testament to the great work of both Departments that they will receive these funds.” 

“Fire fighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS will certify 20 or so of our members as trainers and will include some personnel from the 8th Utilities District and East Hartford Fire in order to ensure consistency during mutual aid operations,” said Daniel A. French, Chief of Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS. 

“The West Hartford Fire Department would like to thank Capt. Adam Pacheco and former Planning/Recovery Officer Jason Erban for their dedication, commitment, and attention to detail.  Without their hard work and determination this grant would not have been possible. Lastly, we would like to thank Congressman John Larson, Mayor Cantor, and our elected officials, Town Manager Hart, FEMA, and the citizens of West Hartford for their steadfast support of the fire service,” said Greg Priest, Chief of the West Hartford Fire Department. 

Manchester will use their grant for the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program, which will ensure that training for Mayday prevention and operations are consistent among firefighters, company officers, and chief officers. West Hartford will use grant funding to support training and certification programs for their members with the assistance of the Connecticut Fire Academy.