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(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Bartlett Fire Department has been awarded $15,200 through the Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative grant program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a new Chief's Response Command Vehicle which will help the department establish an on-scene command center at emergency locations.   

"Our firefighters deserve the best equipment we can offer, and this grant will provide an important boost in resources for the Bartlett Fire Department," said Shaheen.  "These brave firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, and we must ensure they have the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively."

"This is great news. This grant helps provide us with equipment that will enhance the safety of our fire fighters and improve our emergency communications," said Bartlett Fire Chief Patrick Roberts.  "We greatly appreciate the approval of this grant and the assistance of Anne Getchell and staff of the USDA RD Conway office for helping us with our application submission." 

Economic Impact Initiative grants are awarded to targeted communities that are experiencing a high rate of residents unable to find employment.  The funds may be used for a variety of community facility needs including road maintenance equipment, police vehicles, computer and communication equipment, and energy efficiency improvements.