News Brief: Lanesborough firefighters receive federal grant

Eligible applicants for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and state fire training academies.

Lanesborough firefighters receive federal grant

Lanesborough — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s fiscal year 2019 Assistance to Firefighters Grants program has announced $42.3 million in direct assistance grants to 290 fire departments nationwide, including Lanesborough Fire Department, which received a federal share of $27,943 for vehicle extrication equipment.

Eligible applicants for the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and state fire training academies. The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.

FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient agencies. It is the recipient agency’s responsibility to manage its grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and monitoring provided by FEMA fire program specialists.

Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.