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Federal grant to buy protective equipment for town firefighters

The Portsmouth Fire Department will receive a federal grant to purchase protective gear for its firefighters, members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation announced Wednesday.
The $14,767 grant comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
SAFER and AFG are competitive grant programs designed to aid fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in meeting their equipment, training and other needs.
Rhode Island fire departments and other first responders have won more than $26 million in AFG awards since 2001, and $14.5 million in SAFER awards since 2005.

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