State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representatives Steven Ultrino, Kate Lipper-Garabedian and Paul Donato are pleased to announce that the Malden Fire Department will be receiving $22,809.51 to purchase new safety equipment to protect their firefighters through the FY23 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program. Fire departments across Massachusetts can use this program to purchase 121 different types of eligible equipment, including ballistic protective clothing, thermal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters and fitness equipment, and more. This is the third year of a five-year grant program to support firefighter safety now and in the coming years.
“Our brave firefighters risk the health hazards posed by smoke and other fire byproducts to keep us safe. We owe it to our first responders to provide them the equipment they need to stay safe and healthy,” said Senator Lewis. “I’m pleased that this state grant will support the Malden Fire Department and help keep our community and firefighters protected.”
“These grant funds will provide new equipment to our Malden Firefighters. Making sure that our emergency services have access to the best tools to keep both them and us safe has always been a top priority of mine,” said Representative Donato. “I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on securing this funding.”
“I was pleased to see this funding awarded to the Malden Fire Department,” said Representative Lipper-Garabedian. “It is of high importance that the men and women who work to protect us are themselves protected, and these funds will function to that end, allowing the purchase of impactful safety equipment.”
“Our firefighters dedicate their lives to the protection of our community, and we must ensure they have the best equipment and tools to continue keeping Malden safe,” said Representative Ultrino. “This funding will be used to upgrade equipment and purchase new protective gear and essential tools to help our firefighters better serve and protect our community. Congratulations to the Malden Fire Department for receiving this grant for a third year!”