August 25, 2022
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committeealongside US Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), member of the homeland security committee, and Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed $254,857 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support Granite State firefighters in Errol, Dover, Hampstead, Newington and Somersworth through Fire Assistance Grants (AFG). The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments to improve firefighter and public safety.
“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe and to lend a hand to those in need. That’s why I’m thrilled to see this funding that I helped secure as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee heading to New Hampshire to support Granite State firefighters,” said Senator Shaheen. “I will continue to work to ensure our firefighters and first responders have the support and resources they need to continue their rescue work. »
“Granite State firefighters bravely put themselves in harm’s way day in and day out to ensure our communities are safe,” said Senator Hassan. “That’s why we need to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to do their job. I am pleased to announce this federal funding for the Errol, Dover, Hampstead, Newington and Somersworth fire departments, and will continue to work to ensure our first responders receive the support they need.
“Granite State firefighters put themselves at risk every day to protect our communities, and we need to make sure they are equipped with the resources they need to do their jobs as safely and efficiently as possible,” Says Rep Kuster. “These resources will support fire stations across New Hampshire and help keep our brave firefighters safe. I have advocated on behalf of funding to support New Hampshire’s first responders and will continue to work to ensure those keeping us safe have the resources they need.
“Our firefighters put their lives at risk every day to keep us safe,” Rep. Pappas says. “These funds will provide vital resources to New Hampshire departments, and I will continue to work to ensure our firefighters and first responders have the tools they need to protect our communities.”
The following state departments and districts have received grants:
- The Town of Errol will receive $41,486.66
- The City of Dover will receive $56,354.39
- The Town of Somersworth will receive $47,047.61
- The Town of Hampstead Fire Department will receive $37,587.61
- The City of Newington Fire Department will receive $72,380.95
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen has always fought to support New Hampshire firefighters. Funding legislation for fiscal year 2022 that was passed by Congress and signed into law earlier this year, Shaheen secured $360 million for the AFG program and helped include $360 million for endowment grants. Staffing for Fire and Emergency Response Adequate Grants (SAFER) program, which provides grants directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained “frontline” firefighters available in their communities. Shaheen also worked to include $370 million for the program in the government’s FY23 funding proposal through his role on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.