23 Maine fire departments, EMS agencies receive $3.3M in U.S. grants

“This funding will allow Maine firefighters to acquire updated equipment,” Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said jointly


By Leila Merrill
FireRescue1/EMS1 Staff

Washington, D.C. –A total of 23 fire departments and EMS organizations in Maine have received $3,311,791 to upgrade equipment and to support personnel, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced Thursday.

The funds were awarded through the Fiscal Year 2021 Assistance to Firefighters grants and the 2021 Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response grants.

Sen. Susan Collins helped create FEMA’s firefighter grant programs.
Sen. Susan Collins helped create FEMA’s firefighter grant programs. (File photo/Ting Shen/Associated Press)

Collins’ officer said in a news release that as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she champions annual funding for these grant programs in the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“This funding will allow Maine firefighters to acquire updated equipment so they have the best tools available to protect themselves as they serve our families and communities,” Collins and King said in a joint statement.

Funds have been allocated as follows:

  • Bangor Fire Department received $273,021 for paramedic training
  • Belgrade Fire Department received $104,905 to purchase firefighter breathing apparatus
  • Boothbay Harbor Fire Department received $30,000 to purchase a vehicle exhaust removal system
  • Casco Fire Rescue Department received $14,362 to purchase fit testers for firefighter breathing apparatus facepieces
  • Clinton Fire Department received $62,527 to purchase a breathing air compressor and fill station
  • Eddington Fire Department received $26,948 to purchase firefighting hose and equipment
  • Falmouth Fire-EMS received $165,713 for firefighter training
  • Gorham Fire Department received $84,000 to purchase vehicle exhaust removal systems
  • Gray Fire Rescue received $18,321 to purchase a firefighter breathing air cylinder fill station. 
  • Maine Fire Service Institute in South Portland received $108,609 for firefighter turnout gear, portable radios, training props and equipment.
  • Med-Care Ambulance Service in Mexico received $82,739 to purchase portable radios and mobile repeaters.
  • Oakland Fire and Rescue received $47,159 to purchase firefighter turnout gear and a turnout gear dryer
  • Orono Fire Department received $36,010 to purchase a turnout gear washer and dryer and $733,956 to hire 3 firefighters
  • Portland Fire Department received $200,409 to purchase a fire station sprinkler system and support a firefighter wellness program
  • Sabattus Fire Department received $1,152,792 to hire four firefighters
  • Scarborough Fire Department received $65,045 to support firefighter training
  • Sanford Fire Department received $174,545 to support firefighter training
  • Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department received $40,000 to purchase firefighter breathing apparatus and a gear dryer
  • Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service received $32,381 to purchase power cots and a power lift system
  • Sweden Volunteer Fire Department received $84,706 to purchase mobile and portable radios
  • Van Buren Fire Department received $176,190 to purchase a brush truck
  • Wesley Volunteer Fire Department received $36,171 to purchase vehicle extrication tools and $203,236 to purchase a brush truck
  •  West Gardiner received $295,238 to purchase a pumper truck.

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