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Framingham firefighters get $175,000 FEMA grant for portable radios

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The town of Framingham and its fire department have received a $175,182 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Program. The funds will be used to purchase new portable radios for firefighters. As a condition of the award, the town is required to contribute $17,518, an amount equal to 10 percent of the federal grant. “A portable radio is one of the most important tools a firefighter carries,’’ said Deputy Chief Kevin Burns. “Each on-duty firefighter is issued one, and they are utilized on every emergency call. The radio is used to communicate critical information between firefighters on scene, and between firefighters and the dispatcher.’’

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com