(Hartford, CT) - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3) announced today a $32,300 federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant for the Orange Volunteer Fire Association to purchase and install life-saving carbon monoxide detectors.


The grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. The grant will allow Orange firefighters to purchase approximately 2,000 carbon monoxide detectors. Volunteer firefighters will then go door to door throughout the town educating residents about the detectors as well as other life-saving safety measures.


DeLauro said: “Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly, yet very preventable. The detectors purchased with this grant, combined with the Department’s education efforts, will go a long way in keeping Orange families safe. The volunteers who make up the Orange FD have once again demonstrated their unique commitment to our community and I thank them for all of their good work.”


Blumenthal said: “These federal funds reflect and support the Orange Volunteer Fire Association’s long-standing heroic commitment to public safety. Carbon monoxide detectors, like smoke detectors, are simple devices that save countless lives every day and should be installed in every home and building. I applaud the Orange volunteer firefighters for this important effort, and will continue to advocate for additional federal funds to improve fire safety statewide.”


Murphy said: “This grant will help keep thousands of families across Orange safe through prevention and education. I applaud the brave men and women of the Orange Volunteer Fire Association for their hard work and dedication to their community—this grant is well deserved.”


Orange First Selectman James Zeoli said: “I credit the staff of the Orange Volunteer Fire Association for pushing for this grant and thank them for their efforts in in making sure this application would be accepted and awarded.  These carbon monoxide detectors will save lives and will be installed free of charge for the residents of Orange. I thank our congressional delegation for their efforts in assisting the Town of Orange in helping us secure this grant. Any help we can get in these tough times is surely appreciated.”


Orange Fire Marshal Tim Smith said: “A few years back we received a similar grant for smoke detectors, and did a number of in home assessments and installations. Through the course of this outreach, we realized the need for additional safety precautions. The carbon monoxide detectors will complement the smoke detectors we installed and will provide additional preparation and detection of harmful poisonous substances. This grant will be used to educate the public, and we intend to cover many safety topics as we go door to door and conduct installations and safety assessments. We encourage the residents of Orange to engage in a dialogue with our uniformed professionals and ask the questions that matter most for the safety of their homes and families.”


The grant is the 26th firefighting grant awarded in Connecticut in Fiscal Year 2013. Middletown received $1.14 million to hire eight additional firefighters and Waterbury received $2.9 million to hire new fire recruits through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters grant programs administered by FEMA. Hartford, Milford, New Britain, New Milford, Brookfield, Stratford, Bristol, East Woodstock, Killingly, Plainfield, Willington, Seymour, Middletown, East Hartford, Shelton, Norwalk, Torrington, Southington, West Haven and Waterbury also received grants to support operations and safety measures. Connecticut Public Television also recently received an award to produce a series of fire safety educational programs to air on their network during the upcoming holiday season.