BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport Fired Department received more than $200,000 in FEMA grants that will be used toward training and equipment.
The $219,091 in grants was awarded in two segments. The first award was in the amount of $152,176 to be used for an Operation and Safety training program for the cities firefighters. The second grant was in the amount of $66,915 to support the purchase of a Cascade System used for filling the firefighter’s air tanks, replacing the current, dated, 34-year-old system currently used by the department.
“Being awarded these two grants by FEMA is enormously beneficial to not only our Fire Department but to the citizens of Bridgeport,” Mayor Joe Ganim said in a statement. “These grants will allow the courageous members of our fire department to have access to better operational and safety training. Providing our firefighters with the very best training and equipment possible will go a long way in making sure we are doing all we can as a city to keep our fire department safe so they can serve and keep our citizens as safe.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal was on hand with Ganim and Fire Chief Richard Thode for the announcement.
“I am very thankful and appreciative of Senator Murphy, Senator Blumenthal, and Congressman Himes for their constant efforts in assisting our department in gaining access to these extremely beneficial funds through the AFG Grant (Assistance to Firefighter Grant)," Thode said. "With cardiac arrest being the No. 1 cause of death among firefighters, it is essential that we provide our team with the very best training in the areas of personal fitness and wellness."