WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The federal grant money is to provide firefighters with resources to help them get their job done with the tools they need.
Monday, Congressman Richard Neal visited the West Springfield Fire Department to announce a $48,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will go towards purchasing new extrication equipment that will include a set of Jaws of Life, and air bags and struts to stabilize overturned vehicles.
West Springfield Fire Chief Bill Flaherty told 22News, “When FEMA is funding $48,000, it’s a big boost to our fire department and to the town because the town doesn’t have to come up with the money to replace the 25-year-old set of jaws or the 30-year-old air bags.”
Over the past couple years, the West Springfield Fire Department has received about $150,000 in grants from the U.S. Firefighter Association through FEMA. One of their newer fire engines was bought in direct correlation.
In total, in the past 12 years the city has applied for the grants, they have received over $1-million.