Dunn's Corners Fire District to Receive FEMA Grant

Aug 22, 2002
(Warwick, R.I.)–Congressman Jim Langevin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have awarded Dunn’s Corners Fire District in Westerly $73,909 under the Assistance to Firefighters Program.

 FEMA reports that the federal grant will be used for ‘Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety.'  Eligible activities include training, wellness and fitness, firefighting equipment, and personal protective equipment.

 “Thanks to FEMA and the USFA, the Dunn’s Corners Fire Department will have additional resources with which to promote and effectively carry out their public safety duties,” said Congressman Langevin, a member of the Congressional Firefighters Caucus.  “Firefighters serving on the front lines to protect the public deserve the most comprehensive training and highest quality equipment available.  I hope these federal funds will contribute to keeping them safe while in harm’s way.”

 According to the USFA, the purpose of the program is to award one-year grants directly to fire departments of a state to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. This program seeks to identify departments that lack the basic tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. The USFA's primary goal is to provide assistance to meet these needs.

 The USFA reports that, as an entity of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, their mission is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support.

 Congressman Langevin is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2163, the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act, legislation that would amend the Federal Employees Compensation Act by creating a presumptive disability for firefighters who become disabled by heart and lung disease, cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and infectious diseases like tuberculosis and hepatitis. Under this legislation, disabilities related to these diseases would be considered job related for purposes of workers' compensation and disability retirement -- entitling those affected to the health care coverage and retirement benefits they deserve. 

 Langevin also supports H.R. 3185, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Act, which provides $1 billion a year to fund 75,000 new firefighters over seven years.  

Dunn’s Corners Fire District was one of 354 fire departments to receive funds in this fourth round of grants from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.  The total amount of the fourth round is approximately $23 million.

“From first-response emergency care services on military installations around the world to front-line defense against domestic forest fires, we depend on these brave men and women,” Langevin added.