STOW — Gov. Maura Healey announced $5 million in grant funding that will be available through the state to support the purchase of firefighter turnout gear, fire suppression equipment and related items for local departments.
The fiscal 2024 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants, which will be administered through the state Department of Fire Services, are part of a competitive grant program that reimburses local fire departments for the purchase of qualifying safety equipment.
Departments of every city, town, fire district, and eligible state authority may apply for a grant. Maximum funding amounts are based on the size of the population the department serves.
“The equipment funded through these grants will make firefighters and their communities safer,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence M. Reidy. “Whether it’s a complete set of turnout gear or ballistic protection for use on a rescue task force, every dollar goes toward protecting the people who protect us.”
More than 130 different categories of tools, meters, personal protective equipment, communications devices, and other items are eligible for reimbursement through the program.
“The Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants are an investment in the health and safety of Massachusetts firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine. “The flexibility of the program is especially valuable because it allows each department to make purchases based on their specific needs and resources.”
The state Department of Fire Services, based in Stow, is under the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security.
For more information on the fiscal 2024 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program Fire chiefs and/or department grant managers that would like more details about the grants, such as eligibility requirements and conditions, should read the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on the Department of Fire Services’ website.
(Courtesy Massachusetts Department of Fire Services)