Local Fire Departments Awarded Forestry Grants Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Making CT a Safer Place to Live

November 15, 2012

Hartford, CT – Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) congratulates local fire departments on their distinction and grant awards from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Division of Forestry.

“Our volunteer fire departments are to be commended for their hard work and sacrifice,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “These grants will allow them to buy much needed equipment, conduct training for firefighters and upgrade communications.”

The Hampton Fire Co., Union Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., The Bungay Fire Bridgade in Woodstock are all receiving Volunteer Fire Assistance grants in amounts no more than $2,500. The funds can be used for training, water handling equipment, communications, prevention projects, safety supplies, suppression gear and other related items.

The DEEP Division of Forestry offers these competitive grants every year to fire departments that are in towns with a population of less than 10,000.

“These fire departments have the vision to recognize the needs of the communities they protect and I am proud to say they are in my district,” said Sen. Guglielmo.

The Division of Forestry has been distributing Federal Volunteer Fire Assistance funds for over 25 years, during the past 10 years alone has been able to distribute nearly $800,000 to requesting fire departments.