Press release from U.S. Rep. John Larson, the East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol:
Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) announced today that the City of Bristol Fire Department has won a $24,320 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Program. The Bristol Fire Department will use the funds to train all of their active firefighters to operate fire trucks and equipment. With the training, the 80 firefighters of the Bristol Fire Department will be in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association’s standards for operating a fire apparatus.
“I am thrilled that the Bristol Fire Department will receive this funding. It will provide critical training for Bristol’s firefighters and improve the safety and security of one of our local communities,” said Larson. “The Assistance to Firefighters Program provides fire departments across the nation with the ability to serve their community. It is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that essential programs such as this continue to be funded and supported.”
Bristol Mayor Art Ward said, “The City of Bristol and its fire department greatly appreciate the work of Congressman Larson to address the professional needs of the city’s fire department, especially in this time of budgetary constraints.”
In Fiscal Year 2008, the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award approximately $500 million directly to fire departments and EMS organizations around the country to enhance their response capabilities, meet NFPA compliance guidelines and to effectively protect the health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel with respect to fire and all other hazards.
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