Shrewsbury Fire secures $25,000 grant for firefighter safety gear

The Shrewsbury Fire Department has received a $25,000 grant from the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2024 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program, as announced by Chief Jim Vuona.

The grant will be utilized to procure essential protective turnout gear, including turnout jackets and bunker pants, as stated by the agency.

Chief Vuona, in the statement, expressed gratitude to State Representative Hannah Kane and Senator Mike Moore for their support.

“We would also like to send thanks to our elected officials State Representative Hannah Kane and Senator Mike Moore for their unwavering support of Public Safety and the Fire Service,” Chief Vuona said.

The grant program provides reimbursement for various safety equipment purchases, such as hoses, nozzles, turnout gear, and more. These acquisitions ensure compliance with safety standards set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the National Fire Protection Association. This marks the fourth year of funding through this program.

State Fire Marshal Jon Davine, emphasized in the statement, the significance of these grants for the well-being of Massachusetts firefighters.

“The Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants are an investment in the health and safety of Massachusetts firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Jon Davine. “The flexibility of the program is especially valuable because it allows each department to make purchases based on their specific needs and resources. It has become a vital part of the way the Massachusetts fire service prepares for the constantly evolving threats in the world around us.”

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