19 western Mass. communities awarded Fire Assistance Grants

The grants will pay for equipment needed during emergencies.

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Nineteen communities in western Massachusetts are receiving Fire Assistance Grants. The Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded the communities grant funding from the Cooperative Fire Protection Volunteer Assistance Program.

The grant program is offered to all non-profit, rural-call or volunteer fire departments that provide a service primarily to a community or city with a population of 10,000 people or less. The grants will pay for equipment needed during emergencies.

The grant to South Hadley’s District 2 Fire Department will go towards replacing tools used to fight fires at Skinner State Park. Fire Chief Scott Brady told 22News, there’s at least one fire in the 400 acre state park every year. The most serious fire happened about 15 years ago.

Chief Brady said the old tools don’t do the job as well as the newer ones. “Newer, lighter tools and better equipment are designed to be safer for the firefighters out in the field who use this equipment,” he explained.

South Hadley shares the firefighting responsibilities at Skinner State Park with the Hadley and Amherst fire departments.

Other towns which have been awarded grants include:

  • Becket – $2,000
  • Charlemont – $1,967
  • Colrain – $1,500
  • Dalton – $1,997.50
  • Granby – $1,750
  • Great Barrington – $2,000
  • Heath – $2,000
  • Middlefield – $1,968.02
  • Monterey – $2,000
  • Otis – $1,977.87
  • South Deerfield – $804
  • Southwick – $1,500
  • South Hadley Fire District #2 – $1,393.31
  • Sunderland – $201
  • Tolland – $1,936
  • Wales – $1,964
  • Warwick – $1,967.50
  • Windor – $1,765.37
  • Williamstown – $659