NH Delegation Welcomes Over $1.5 Million in Federal Funding to Support NH Firefighters

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September 10, 2022

(Washington, DC) – Today, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committeealongside US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), member of the homeland security committee, and Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed $1,591,818 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support Granite State firefighters in Barnstead, Surry and New Boston, as well as the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services, through the Firefighters Assistance Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments to improve firefighter and public safety.

“This $1.5 million investment in local fire departments will enhance public safety in Barnstead, Surry, New Boston and communities across New Hampshire. Firefighters and first responders need resources to update their equipment and infrastructure so they can respond to crises with speed and precision – that’s exactly what these awards do,” said Senator Shaheen. “As chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee that helps secure this funding, I will continue to prioritize providing resources that support the essential work of our Granite State first responders.”

“Firefighters need state-of-the-art equipment to keep them safe and help them save lives. That’s why I’ve worked to secure critical federal grants for New Hampshire’s fire departments, and I look forward to seeing how communities use these new funds to improve public safety. I will continue to work to support the brave first responders in New Hampshire,” said Senator Hassan.

“New Hampshire’s firefighters and first responders face dangerous situations to protect our communities every day, and we need to make sure they have the equipment and resources they need to do their jobs safely. “, Says Rep Kuster. “These investments in local fire departments will help keep firefighters safe and strengthen public safety – I am thrilled to see this funding directed to our state and will continue to work to support Granite firefighters and first responders. State.”

“New Hampshire firefighters put themselves at risk every day, and I will always support our services as they work to keep Granite Staters safe,” Rep. Pappas says. “These grants will ensure that our departments have the equipment they need to serve our communities and that they can do so safely. I remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to support our firefighters and first responders and secure the resources they need.

A full breakdown of the rewards is available below:








Organization

Program area

Federal share

Town of Barnstead

Vehicle acquisition

$857,142.85

City of Sury

Operations and Security

$185,760.95

City of New Boston

Operations and Security

$118,371.90

New Hampshire Department of Security

Operations and Security

$430,543.08

As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen has always fought to support New Hampshire firefighters. Funding legislation for fiscal year 2022 that was passed by Congress and signed into law earlier this year, Shaheen secured $360 million for the AFG program and helped include $360 million for endowment grants. Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program, which provides grants directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained “frontline” firefighters available in their communities. Senator Hassan and Shaheen worked successfully to increase funding for the AFG program in the US bailout package that passed. Shaheen also worked to include $370 million for the program in the government’s FY23 funding proposal through his role on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

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