Norwich Secures Grant For Extrication Equipment & Training
By RYAN FLAHERTY, Correspondent | August 19, 2020 | CONNECTICUT
Story No. 082720101
Photo by Jeffrey HyndsSenator Blumenthal with Acting Chief Wucik, Battalion Chief Benjamin, Lieutenants Kannas & Sicuso as well as Firefighter Podzaline and Flaherty.
Photo by Ryan FlahertySenator Blumenthal with City Manager Salomone and Mayor Nystrom.
On Wednesday, 8/19/2020 a press conference was held at the Norwich Fire Department's Station 2 located at 446 North Main Street. Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, City Manager John Salomone and Mayor Peter Nystrom announced a recently awarded FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $193,977. The federal funds will help the department purchase extrication equipment and provide key training for all department personnel. This grant will allow 52 members of the Norwich Fire Department to earn certification as Vehicle Rescue Technicians through the Connecticut Fire Academy. These grants are crucial for the Norwich Fire Department and its members to continue providing professional and efficient emergency services to the residents and visitors of Norwich. Special thanks to the former Director of Training and Safety Jason Balletto for securing this grant for us.
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