BOSTON – Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with Congressman Edward Markey, today announced that the Malden and Revere Fire Departments will receive $4,107,313 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hire additional firefighters, purchase enhanced safety equipment and provide critical training to first responders.
This funding, awarded by the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, will help support programs to increase the number of trained, "front line" firefighters working in communities.
“Lives are on the line whether budgets are strained or not and I’m not willing to ask or expect firefighters to get by with fewer hands and risk tragedy,” said Sen. Kerry.
“Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way to keep our citizens safe, and we must ensure they have the necessary equipment and training, as well as the manpower to guarantee our safety,” said Sen. Brown. “These resources will help support their efforts, and I am pleased our communities are receiving them.”
“Our firefighters are often the first to respond to emergencies in our communities and bravely answer the call to protect our citizens day in and day out,” said Rep. Markey. “SAFER funding means safer communities, and these grants will ensure the homes and neighborhoods of the 7th District are protected by the best, most well-trained firefighters day and night.”
The following fire departments have received funding:
Malden Fire Department
Revere Fire Department