September 10 2020

Fire Department Receives Grant of Nearly $10K for PPE


The Burlington Fire Department recently received funds to help them stay safe while out in the field. 


Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton announced in August a $9,586.36 grant for the department to go towards reimbursing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) purchases.


According to a release, the money is from The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act, to reimburse fire departments for emergency medical PPE and supplies to disinfect and decontaminate equipment. Congress included money to pay back local agencies for expenses they incurred responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Representative Moulton expressed his firsthand experience with having the right equipment in threatening situations.


“When I served in Iraq, I learned what it’s like to go into harm’s way without the right protective equipment,” he said. “In those days, we didn’t have the right armor for our truck. The firefighters in our community shouldn’t experience a feeling like that as they confront the pandemic.These grants will help keep them healthy and safe.” 


Moulton also helped secure grants to other Massachusetts community fire departments like Reading, Swampscott, Ipswich, Rowley and more. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for distributing the money. 


Fire departments can also use the funds for new equipment that will help them respond to future emergencies.


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