The US Department of Homeland Security awarded more than $1.5 million in grant money to fire departments across the state of Massachusetts to improve operations and safety, according to a recent report from WAMC News Radio.
The news report indicates that grant money, of different amounts, has been awarded for training programs, new equipment and safety gear to eight fire departments. One grant, totalling approximately $200,000 will allow the fire department in Springfield, Massachusetts, to upgrade its emergency radio units from analog to digital based equipment. The department will purchase and install 35 radios in all frontline fire apparatus, back up units and command vehicles and reprogram radios in fire stations.
The report continues to state that the department has been awarded more than two and a half million dollars over the past ten years, which resulted in the purchase of breathing apparatus, portable radios, thermal imaging cameras, a new ladder truck and a new rescue squad vehicle, according to department officials.