NORTHFIELD, CT - On Friday, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) announced that the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company received an Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) in the amount of $358,625 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This AFG grant will be for a new Pumper Fire Truck, replacing Northfield Volunteer Fire Company's 33 year old engine-tanker that currently serves as their primary water supply.
“We are proud to help announce today’s grant to the Northfield Fire Company. It is incredibly important that our firefighters and first responders have the equipment necessary to respond to fires and emergencies in our communities,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, and Esty. “The new Pumper Fire Truck will go a long way in helping the Northfield Volunteer Fire Company keep our communities safe.”
"The Northfield Fire Company is very grateful to receive this grant," said Chief Michael Berry, Northfield Volunteer Fire Company. "The grant will be used to replace a 33 year old engine-tanker that carries our primary water supply for fire fighting. This vehicle will not only serve the residents of our village and the town of Litchfield but also those of our neighboring towns through our mutual aid system. The new engine also brings a higher level of safety to the firefighters riding it with its enclosed crew compartment and state-of-the-art safety features. Our receiving this grant is a shining example of the importance of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program in improving the capabilities and safety of the nation's fire and emergency services. We would like to thank Senator Murphy, Senator Blumenthal and Congresswoman Esty for their past and future support of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant program and Connecticut's first responders."
This year, Northfield Volunteer Fire Company is celebrating 75 years of service to their community. The grant is the 10th firefighting grant awarded in Connecticut for Fiscal Year 2013.
Since 2001, the Assistance to Firefighter Grant has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.