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09/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/20/2019 20:20

Courtney Announces New Federal Funding Award for Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a federal grant of over $19,000 to the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association, Inc. The new federal funding will support the procurement of new washing and drying equipment for the station's protective gear.

'Congratulations to the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association for putting in the work to identify and successfully apply for these federal dollars,' said Congressman Courtney. 'These federal grant awards are highly sought after across the country, so it's great to see the resources coming home to us here in eastern Connecticut. The 'Assistance to Firefighters' program has helped push several projects across the finish line in our region, and I'll keep working in Congress to make the sure the program is well supported so that it can keep helping our firefighters get what they need.'

'Volunteer fire departments are like a family,' said Fire Chief Eric Young. 'They are your friends when you need them the most, they're your coworkers when there's a job at hand, and they're the team that allows everybody to go home to their families at the end of the day. It's amazing we received this award to wash turn-out gear - which seems simple but is a huge tool to help prevent cancer among the fire service. With this acquisition from the FEMA grant, Woodstock firefighters can wear the cleanest and safest gear possible.'

The Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association, Inc., will receive a federal grant award of $19,047.61 through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The investment will be used to procure a new washer and dryer for the station's protective gear. Click here to read more.

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