Quincy and Braintree fire departments will receive more than $68,000 each from the federal government for training, safety equipment, and emergency vehicles.
In total, over $1.7 million was awarded to 11 Massachusetts communities from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
In Braintree, $72,847 will go towards upgrading one of the emergency response vehicles, Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said.
“We have a truck that is designed to respond to heavy accidents, like a MBTA type accident, and this would update the equipment on that vehicle. So it serves a regional purpose as well as a local one,” he said.
Without the grant, announced by US Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with US Representatives Richard Neal, John Tierney, and Stephen Lynch on Tuesday, it would have taken three years for the town to accumulate the funding for the replacement.
“This cuts the projected time of updated the vehicle in half. We can probably do it in two years now, and we can get more equipment than we were going to,” Morin said. “It’s much better circumstances.”
“With our firefighters on the front lines every day, this funding is crucial,” agreed Lynch. “I commend Chief Kevin Murphy and the entire Braintree Fire Department for their hard work and commitment in securing this fire grant.”
Quincy’s fire department will receive a check for $68,800 to help the department replace older equipment.
The grant comes alongside Quincy’s new ladder firetruck, a $700,000 expenditure bought with capital improvement funds.
The Quincy mayor’s office could not be reached for comment.
The legislators remarked about the importance of the funding, stating that keeping local fire departments equipped was among the highest priorities.
"Massachusetts firefighters put their lives on the line every time that alarm bell sounds, and this investment helps them have the best equipment and training to keep them safe and ready to respond,” Kerry said.
Brown promised he would continue to work within the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to make sure the Assistance to Firefighters Grants were available for local communities.
Brown, Lynch, and Kerry will be at the Braintree Fire Department on Sunday at 1 p.m. to award the grant to both Braintree and Quincy. Also in attendance will be Braintree Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, members of the Braintree Town Council and the Quincy City Council, Braintree Fire Chief Kevin Murphy and Quincy Fire Chief Joseph Barron.