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Fitchburg Lands $500G for Firetruck

July 28, 2018

By Mina Corpuz

mcorpuz@sentinelandenterprise.com

FITCHBURG -- The city will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funding to buy a new fire pumper truck.

“The new pumper truck will continue to enable our Fire Department to further strengthen our commitment to providing the most proficient and state of the art fire protection to the residents of Fitchburg,” said Mayor Stephen DiNatale in a statement Friday.

The money will be used to replace Engine 2 at Fitchburg’s Oak Hill fire station, he said.

Lowell will also receive about $920,000 in federal funding to buy protective gear, firefighter breathing apparatus and an air compressor with a refill system.

“Every year, we are discovering more and more the dangers that firefighters face not only in fighting fires, but throughout the course of their duties,” said Lowell Mayor William Samaras in the statement.

The grants are through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Together Fitchburg and Lowell received more than $1.4 million from the grant.

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, who represents the 3rd District, said given local and state budget constraints, grant money can help maintain public safety and provide resources to first responders.

“Our volunteer and career firefighters sacrifice a great deal to protect our communities,” she said in a statement, “and it is our duty to provide them with equipment, staffing and training they need to keep their departments running safely and efficiently.”

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