WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that three Maine fire departments in the First Congressional District will receive a total of $645,670 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). In this fiscal year, the AFG Program will award $319.5 million to an estimated 2,000 eligible fire departments and first responder organizations nationwide.
This is the seventh round of funding through FEMA’s AFG program. Last week, Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Casco, and West Gardiner fire departments received more than $500,000 in the sixth round of funding.
“Hardworking and resilient Maine firefighters risk their lives daily to protect our communities, and this additional funding issued by FEMA will help keep our brave first responders safe,” said Congresswoman Pingree. “Every year, I’ve fought to increase funding for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program as a member of the House Appropriations Committee because I know just how critical this funding is to the safety of our first responders and the municipalities they serve.”
The AFG program assists first-responder organizations in obtaining emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, emergency vehicles, and training. Details of the grants are as follows:
Buxton, ME: Buxton Fire-Rescue Department—$428,571.41for a Wildland Interface Firefighting Pumper
Nobleboro, ME: Nobleboro Department—$176,190.48 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus and an Air Compressor System
Portland, ME: Portland Fire Department—$40,909.09 for Firefighter Wellness & Fitness