Page 2 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, FEbRuARy 9, 2024 Healey-Driscoll Administration announces $5M for fi re departments Everett included in the more than 300 communities awarded funds for safety equipment R ecently the HealeyDriscoll Administration announced $5 million in awards to 321 Massachusetts fire departments through the state’s Firefi ghter Safety Equipment Grant program. The city of Everett will receive $10,153.33. “Every single day, fi refi ghters across Massachusetts put themselves in harm’s way to protect their communities,” said Governor Maura Healey. “They deserve our thanks and our support. The Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant program is just one way we can express our appreciation for that selfl ess dedication.” “From structure fi res and water rescues to hazardous materials and building collapses, fi refi ghters never know what life-threatening risks the next call will bring,” said Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll. “These grants will support the purchase of fundamental tools and specialty equipment to help them do a dangerous job more safely.” Fire departments across Massachusetts were invited to apply to the Firefi ghter Safety Equipment Grant program, which provides reimbursement on purchases of 135 different types of eligible equipment. Eligible items include hoses and nozzles, turnout gear, ballistic protective equipment, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, and more. In many cases, the purchase of this equipment will help departments attain compliance with Occupational Safety & Health Administration or National Fire Protection Association safety standards. This is the fourth year that funding has been awarded through the program. “For the second year in a row, many fire departments are using this program to provide their personnel with ballistic vests and helmets so they can make life-saving rescues in active shooter situations,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Terrence Reidy. “As we confront this growing threat and other emerging hazards, we are proud of the way Massachusetts fire departments have risen to every challenge.” “While smoke and flames are the most obvious threats to firefighters’ safety, occupational cancer is the leading cause of death in the fi re service,” said Deputy Secretary Susan Terrey. “We now know that wearing the right type of protective gear and cleaning it properly can reduce that risk. This program will give many fi refi ghters access to tools that will help protect them from the number one threat to their health and well-being.” “The Firefi ghter Safety Equipment Grants are an investment in the health and safety of Massachusetts firefighters,” said State Fire Marshal Jon Davine. “The fl exibility of the program is especially valuable because it allows each department to make purchases based on their specifi c needs and resources. It has become a vital part of the way the Massachusetts fi re service prepares for the constantly evolving threats in the world around us.” “Firefi ghters who have the proper protective gear and contemporary rescue tools are much better able to protect themselves and the residents they serve,” said Hyannis Fire Chief Peter Burke, President of the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts. “These grant awards will have immeasurable impacts on public safety in Massachusetts for years to come.” Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Council on Aging All are welcome to enjoy food, fun and dancing M ayor Carlo DeMaria is pleased to announce that the City of Everett’s Council on Aging will host a St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday, March 5, at 12 p.m., at the Connolly Center (90 Chelsea St.). Attendees will enjoy a lunch consisting of a corned beef and Swiss sandwich on a bulky roll with a side of coleslaw and a bag of potato chips. Coffee and dessert will be served, along with a couple of surprises. Everett’s own DJ Tommy Sheehan will play the tunes that will get you moving throughout the event. Ticket sales begin Monday, Feb. 12, and will be ongoing at the Connolly Center until Friday, March 8. For more information, please call 617-3942323 directly and ask for Cathi or Joanne.

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