SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR GORHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT

March 30, 2011

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) announced today that the Gorham Fire Department has been awarded money for operations and safety through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

“Our firefighters must be equipped with gear that keeps them safe so that they can do their jobs most effectively,” Shaheen said. “I am also pleased that Gorham will use part of its grant for firefighter training so that the brave men and women who protect our communities are able to learn the most advanced firefighting techniques around.”

The Gorham Fire Department will use its $35,910 grant to purchase a new washer-extractor, which will extend the life of the Department's turnout gear, and a hydrostatic testing device, which is used to test that firefighter suits are able to sufficiently protect against toxic chemicals.

The money will be used to train additional firefighters about advanced firefighting and rescue techniques.

"This federal grant will help Gorham firefighters perform their duties more effectively and safely," said Chief George Eichler.

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.  All grants require a local match.

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