Bow will use funds for new vehicle exhaust system and protective equipment

February 09, 2011

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the Bow Fire Department has been awarded money for operations and safety through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Bow Fire Department received $176,944. These awards are administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

The Bow Fire Department will use the money to purchase and install a vehicle exhaust system for the station so that the department can remove the fumes from the trucks' diesel engines and make sure that firefighters are safe from exhaust. The department will also purchase new sets of helmets, jackets, and boots for its firefighters.

 "I am pleased that these funds will assist the Bow Fire Department in continuing to fulfill the important mission of keeping its community safe," Shaheen said. "Times are tough economically and I know these grants are critical to assisting fire departments across New Hampshire."

"This federal grant is a tremendous help to the town in these tough economic times. The new safety gear we can purchase will bring all equipment up to current safety standards, which is of major importance," said Fire Chief Dana Abbott.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program provides funding to local fire departments to help them improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations through specialized emergency training for response to situations like terrorist attacks; enhancement of emergency medical services programs; development of health and safety initiatives; establishment of fire education and prevention programs; creation of wellness and fitness programs; and equipment and facility upgrades.

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