Two Connecticut Volunteer Fire Companies Receive FEMA Grant


Two volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.

Botsford Fire Rescue has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1 has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).

The grants are being awarded to the two fire companies under the terms of the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG), which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The town has five volunteer fire companies.

The announcement of the grants for Botsford and Dodgingtown mark the second such announcements for Newtown’s fire companies in less than a month. In mid-August, it was announced that Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Company had received approval for a FEMA AFG for $107,540. The company will use its grant for 13 air masks and spare air supply equipment for firefighting.

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