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REGIONAL

Grant will fund new firefighter safety gear

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the Georgetown, Groveland, and Newbury fire departments a $629,254 regional grant to help purchase new lifesaving devices that will replace their aging equipment.

The new equipment will include 101 self-contained breathing apparatus units — the oxygen tanks firefighters carry on their backs at fire scenes — as well as 101 self-contained breathing apparatus masks, and 202 air tank cylinders.

The three departments will also each receive one “Pak-Tracker,” which connects self-contained breathing apparatus to GPS systems in order to pinpoint firefighters’ exact locations while inside a building.

The grant was jointly announced by Georgetown Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Groveland Interim Chief Richard York, and Newbury Chief Douglas Janvrin.

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To receive the funding, the towns committed to paying 10 percent of the overall $692,179 cost of the equipment. The three communities will split the $62,925 local share.

“Obtaining this grant is part of a regional effort between our departments to work closer to increase safety for all three communities,” Mitchell said in a statement. “This award enables us to better protect firefighters responding to an incident and the residents we serve every day.”

The FEMA funding came through the agency’s e Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.


John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.