August 01, 2022
(Washington, DC) – Today, US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committeealongside Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rep. Annie Kuster, applauded the announcement of $569,036 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA’s Firefighter Assistance Program (AFG) for the city of Nashua. The funding will be used for operations and improving safety at the Nashua Fire Department.
The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments to improve firefighter and public safety. Grants can be used for training, equipment acquisition, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness activities, and fire station/EMS modifications.
“Granite State Firefighters play a critical role serving on the front lines to protect their communities. It is essential that they have access to the necessary resources to do their jobs safely and efficiently, no matter the emergency,” said Sen. Shaheen, who helped secure those grants as a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding the AFG program. “I am thrilled that this federal award is going to Nashua, which will go towards necessary upgrades. The AFG program is an essential tool that helps ensure our fire departments have the equipment and resources they need to stay safe on the job. I will continue to fight to increase funding for AFG and other programs that support New Hampshire first responders.
“New Hampshire firefighters bravely put their lives on the line to serve Granite Staters, and we need to make sure they have the tools they need to protect our communities,” said Senator Hassan. “This funding from AFG will be an important step in delivering on that promise and ensuring Nashua Firefighters have the resources they need to serve their community.”
“Our Granite State firefighters and first responders put themselves at risk every day to keep our communities safe. We have a responsibility to make sure they have the resources to do their job safely,” said Rep. Kuster. “I am thrilled to see these federal funds directed to the city of Nashua and will continue to work to protect the granite staters.”
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen has always been an advocate for New Hampshire firefighters. By funding the fiscal year 2022 legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law, Shaheen secured $360 million for the AFG program. Shaheen is a frequent advocate for New Hampshire fire departments to receive awards under the AFG program. In addition to including strong funding for the AFG program in the government‘s FY22 funding legislation, Shaheen also secured $360 million for the staffing program for adequate fire subsidies and Emergency Response (SAFER), which provides grants directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations. to help them increase or maintain the number of trained “frontline” firefighters available in their communities.
In a government funding proposal released by Senate Democrats in the Appropriations Committee last week, Shaheen worked to include $740 million for the AFG and SAFER programs for fiscal year 2023.