Local police, fire departments granted funding to improve safety


BOSTON (WWLP) – The Baker-Polito administration announced Thursday that 40 cities and towns in the Commonwealth will receive a total of  $345,337.95 in grant funding.

This funding will be allotted for new equipment, technology, training and planning for first responders. The grants were paid from the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund (CSTF) grant program and distributed by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR). The funds for this grant program were raised through the sale of “United We Stand” license plates and interest earnings.

In a statement, Governor Baker said: “Our administration is proud to support first responders across Massachusetts with these new grant awards… By meeting critical needs for rescue equipment, protective gear, and other lifesaving tools, the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund grants will help keep them safe and support their important work.”

Lt. Governor Polito adding: “Local police and fire departments respond to every type of emergency and can face unexpected danger on any call…The Commonwealth Security Trust Fund helps our cities and towns train, prepare, and equip them for the hazards they may have to confront on any call.”

The amount and recipients of the grants were chosen by a Board of Trustees with members from state government, law enforcement, the fire service, and relatives of Massachusetts victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The grants vary from $1,320 to $20,000 and will be used to cover a range of equipment spanning from life-saving materials to communications equipment.

“These grants will make a difference to police officers, firefighters, and the communities they serve… We’re grateful for the chance to make these funds available to public safety professionals across the Commonwealth,” said Undersecretary Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Thorpe also serves as chair designee of the CSTF Board of Trustees.

The full list of the towns receiving grants, the amounts awarded, and the purpose of those grants is listed below.

City/Town Department Award Purpose
Agawam Fire $5,995.00 Inflatable water rescue craft
Ashby Police $5,047.26 Laptop
Ashfield Fire $16,500.00 7 Sets of structural turnout gear
Belchertown Fire $5,280.00 4 Drums of Class A foam
Boxborough Fire $5,255.92 8 Protection vests
Bridgewater Police $5,540.70 5 Portable radios; 55 radio batteries
Brockton Police $10,671.36 8 Portable radios
Brookline Fire $9,390.85 Active shooter training and practice radios
Brookline Police $7,152.14 Radios; Medical equipment; PPE; Tents;
Cheshire Fire $13,600.00 ProteSction equipment
Cohasset Fire $6,201.88 Mobile data terminal; 4 atmospheric monitors
Dudley Fire $20,000.00 8 Sets of structural gear
Holbrook Police $2,712.28 4 Sets of protective equipment; 10 Bola wrap devices
Holyoke Fire $11,720.00 2 Ice rescue sleds; 6 Ice/water rescue suits
Leominster Fire $15,424.20 12 Ballistic gear sets
Lincoln Fire $5,738.00 Ballistic plates; vests & helmets
Lincoln Police $3,300.00 Ballistic helmets
Lowell Fire $9,000.00 4 hearing protection w/ comms
Lynnfield Fire $9,781.00 Gas meters
Marion Fire $5,976.00 Active shooter training
New Braintree Fire $1,320.00 4 Active shooter helmets; 3 Portable radios
North Adams Police $7,450.00 Bodily protection equip.; med bags
Pepperell Fire $10,000.00 4 Radios; 4 speaker mics; 4 batts. & chargers
Pepperell Police $8,709.49 Road closure barriers
Phillipston Police $11,266.61 Cameras
Pittsfield Police $7,816.00 Equipment & training
Plympton Fire $11,110.00 Training: Stop the Bleed/Active Shooter
Revere Police $2,549.00 Ballistic helmets; Medical supplies
Rockland Fire $8,905.00 7 Tablets
Rowe Police $9,960.00 Laptop; display & video conferencing system
Shelburne Fire $9,946.00 8 Breathing appartuses
Shirley Police $10,552.00 Active shooter gear
Southampton Fire $11,250.00 Skid unit & trailer
Southborough Police $7,516.00 Portable radios
Southwick Fire $8,475.00 Mounted tablets
Stow Police $5,000.00 Casualty care equipment; Training equip.
Upton Police $6,671.36 3 Portable radios
Warren Fire $7,620.25 13 Radios
Worcester Fire $19,808.65 Portable radios
Yarmouth Police $5,126.00 First aid; laptop/modem; binoculars
Total: $345,337.95

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