Wethersfield (CT) Seeking Grant to Help Fund Fire Apparatus

The town council voted unanimously to apply for a federal grant that would cover up to 90 percent of the approximately $800,000 cost of a new fire truck.

Criteria for winning the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant include financial need, cost-benefit to the town and impact on public safety. About $300 million is available to both volunteer and paid fire departments nationwide, he said.

The town is buying a new 75-foot aerial ladder truck to replace a 1981 apparatus. Two bidders have submitted quotes, Sutphen Corporation and Rosenbauer of New England, Bridges said. Both companies bid about $800,000, he said.

The town set aside $200,000 for the fire engine and planned to finance the remainder of the cost, Bridges said.
Announcement of the grant awards is scheduled for Feb. 10. The town will not delay awarding the fire engine contract until then.

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