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DeLauro Announces $804,000 for Guilford, East Haven, and West Haven Fire Departments

August 31, 2021
Press Release

GUILFORD, CT — House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today announced $804,033 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for three fire departments in Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District. Guilford Fire Department received $332,215 for Technical Rescue Training, East Haven Fire Department received $98,181 for Thermal Imaging Cameras, and West Haven Fire Department received $373,636 for Rapid Intervention Air Packs and Firefighter Breathing Apparatus. The award for West Haven Fire Department is a Regional Award also benefitting the Allingtown Fire District and West Shore Fire District. 

“Connecticut’s firefighters and first responders dedicate their lives to protecting and strengthening our communities, and they deserve all the support and resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “With state and local budgets stretched thin, these federal grants help equip our first responders with life-saving training and technologies to keep our families safe. As Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to ensure our first responders receive the federal support they deserve.”

“The grant that the Guilford Fire Department received will greatly enhance the Department capabilities to provide Technical Rescue to the Town of Guilford and the region,” said Guilford Fire Department Chief Charles E. Herrschaft Jr.

“In a department like ours the Assistance to Firefighters Grant is essential to augment our equipment cadre especially for large dollar projects that would not be possible without taking on more municipal bonding compounding our economic challenges,” said East Haven Fire Department Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Matthew Marcarelli. “The grant also allows us to have modern equipment that improves Firefighter and Public Safety. We are thankful for Congresswoman DeLauro for consistently being an advocate for this federal program.”

“The AFG grant program focuses on enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards,” said West Haven Fire Department Chief Michael R. Terenzio. “The City of West Haven Fire Department-Allingtown, was the host department for the Regional Grant application that will benefit the combined fire districts that collectively protect West Haven. The $373,636 awarded in Federal funds and the 10% local share will be used to purchase 57 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus that meet current National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards to replace outdated and obsolete SCBA equipment. The SCBA equipment which are worn on the backs of responding fire personnel are a vital component of a firefighter’s Personal Protective Equipment that enables them to safely enter into fire and smoke-filled, and other dangerous and toxic atmospheres to effect fire suppression, and search and rescue tactics for the preservation of life and property from fire and other hazardous conditions. The 3 joint fire departments as part of this regional effort and who collaborate regularly on operational and administrative functions will mutually utilize the funds immediately to order and place into service SCBA’s that will be used by all firefighting staff in the city to provide personnel for the City of West Haven Fire Department – Allingtown with 22 updated packs, the West Haven Center Fire District with 12 updated packs, and the West Shore Fire District with 23 updated packs; in addition to three Rapid Intervention Team firefighter rescue SCBA’s used in the event of a firefighter down rescue. The cost for the equipment is approximately $7000 for each SCBA pack which include 1 harness and regulator, 2 air cylinders and 1 face piece mask. The RIT firefighter rescue equipment cost approximately $4000 each.”

As the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, the committee that determines discretionary federal spending, Congresswoman DeLauro will continue to fight for robust investments to support Connecticut’s firefighters and fire departments.