Hartford, CT—Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced $939,462 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program to support fire departments in Fairfield, Ledyard, New Milford, and West Hartford.

“Day in and day out, firefighters selflessly and heroically put their lives on the line in order to save others. First responders must have access to the best equipment and training necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, Larson, Courtney, Himes, and Esty. “These federal dollars will go a long way in ensuring fire departments in Fairfield, Ledyard, New Milford, and West Hartford can continue to do what they do best—save lives and protect our communities.”

The full breakdown of the funding is below: 

  • Fairfield, CT $ 100,717 for a Firefighter Wellness & Fitness Program.
  • Ledyard, CT$ 242,096 for approximately 50 new Firefighter Breathing Apparatus for Ledyard and Gales Ferry fire companies
  • Water Witch Hose Company # 2 of New Milford, CT –$ 45,455 for an Air Refill – Compressor System.
  • West Hartford, CT$ 551,194 for Firefighter Breathing Apparatus, an Air Refill – Compressor System and Training.

Since 2001, FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter grant program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.