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DeLauro Announces More Than $77,000 in COVID-19 Relief for North Haven Fire Department

January 12, 2021
Press Release

NORTH HAVEN, CT — House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today announced $77,277 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for North Haven Fire Department. These funds, part of the fiscal year 2020 COVID-19 Supplemental Program included in the CARES Act coronavirus relief package, will be used to purchase supplies to protect North Haven Fire Department (NHFD) from exposure to the coronavirus.

“Our firefighters have been asked to continue their lifesaving work with the increased risk of exposing themselves and their loved ones to COVID-19,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “They must have access to the emergency medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and decontamination supplies and equipment necessary to perform their duties. That is why I am thrilled North Haven Fire Department is receiving these federal funds I fought to secure in the CARES Act.”

“We are very appreciative of receiving this grant and we thank Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and her staff for their hard work in helping us secure this grant award,” said North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda. “This grant will be used to purchase respirators for our Fire Department to ensure their continued safety from viruses, biochemical contamination, and COVID-19 as our first responders here in North Haven.”

“The greater New Haven area has been significantly impacted by COVID-19,” said North Haven Fire Department Chief and Emergency Management Director Paul M. Januszewski. “During this pandemic, N95 masks have been difficult to secure and are needed for firefighters that are responding to medical emergencies. This grant will allow NHFD to purchase 45 complete sets of Scott Powered Air Respirators to be used during the response to fire and medical emergencies thereby eliminating the ongoing need for N95 masks. This will also allow other healthcare organizations the availability of N95 masks that may not have otherwise been available. The North Haven Fire Department is extremely grateful for this grant as it provides an enhanced level of safety to our personnel.”

This grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is part of $100 million in total funding appropriated under the CARES Act for the fiscal year 2020 AFG-Supplemental program and is separate and distinct from the fiscal year 2020 AFG program.

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

“These brave men and women are working every day to protect us, and this federal funding plays an important role in guaranteeing they have the tools they need to do their job safely,” said Congresswoman DeLauro.