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New Milford, Danbury receive more than $1 million in fire grants

July 30, 2018

Connecticut received a combined $1,077,000 in assistance to firefighter grants, which are overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with the bulk going to New Milford and Danbury to purchase trucks.

Water Witch Hose Co. # 2, in New Milford, received $ 909,000 for a ladder truck.

Padanaram Hose Company # 3, in Danbury, was awarded $125,000 for a pumper truck.

Mansfield, also received nearly $43,000 for wellness and fitness equipment.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as U.S. Reps. Elizabeth Esty and Joe Courtney aplauded the grants to their state.

“This federal funding will give firefighters in Mansfield, Danbury, and New Milford the resources and gear needed to do their jobs safely and effectively,” the delegation said in a press release. “We’ll continue to fight to preserve these vital federal programs that invest in our first responders and ensure that they are well-equipped to keep our communities safe.”

New Milford’s fire equipment came up during the most recent budget cycle when the amount of money to the firefighter’s capital fund was reduced by $25,000. The fire apparatus capital account was formed after a fire in 1979 to ensure the town was equipped to handle any fire in the future. It is funded with an annual contribution from the town and distributed among the three volunteer departments based on a long-term replacement and maintenance plan created by the departments.

The contribution was $150,000 annually until a few years ago when it increased to $250,000 to better meet the rising costs of firetrucks.

At the time, the fire chiefs warned town officials that equipment was old and would need to be replaced soon.

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