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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson, Blumenthal, Murphy Announce $72,000 Grant for Newington Fire Department

April 5, 2013
Press Release

Hartford – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy announced that the Newington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $72,000 grant to support department safety and operations. The grant is funded through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency's competitive Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

"With winter behind us and warmer weather ahead, the risk of fires and fire related dangers rises throughout Connecticut," said Congressman Larson. "In every neighborhood, firefighters put their safety on the line to protect their communities and deserve our support to minimize their risk of injury. I am pleased to see this funding go to the Newington Volunteer Fire Department and know it will be used to better protect our brave first responders so they can continue protecting each of us."

"This grant will allow the Newington Volunteer Fire Department to better protect firefighters who risk their lives daily to keep residents safe from harm," Senator Blumenthal said. "I congratulate the department on being awarded this competitive grant, and I will continue my work to ensure that firefighters and other first responders have the equipment and technology they need to do their jobs in the most safe and effective manner."

"Our firefighters deserve our gratitude and support for the work they do putting their lives on the line to protect our communities. This grant will provide lifesaving support to help Newington's firefighters do their jobs more effectively, and will help to keep them safe as well. I'll continue to fight for these heroes as they fight for us," Murphy said.

"The Newington Fire Department is extremely excited to receive news of this grant award of 72,000 dollars which will be used to provide new personal protective clothing for our firefighters. The safety of our personnel is a major concern and this new equipment will help greatly. Congressman Larson has been a great friend to the fire service and we appreciate he's continued support of all Connecticut's public safety agencies," said Chief Chris R. Schroeder.

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