Area fire departments receive safety grants

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Photo by/Dakota Antelman
The Northborough Fire Department stands near downtown. Northborough is one of several communities receiving a series of state grants to pay for equipment upgrades.

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

REGION – Six area fire departments will soon get new equipment thanks to over $90,000 in state grant funding doled out this month. 

Departments originally applied for cash to buy up 114 different types of eligible equipment, including personal protective clothing, thermal imaging cameras, extrication equipment and more. 

With a state announcement, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough and Shrewsbury fire departments all learned they would be receiving money. 

“The firefighters of the Commonwealth are true heroes, and they face a tremendous amount of risk every time they respond to a call,” State Senator Michael Moore, whose district includes Shrewsbury, wrote in a press release announcing this. “Therefore, it is crucial that we provide them with the proper resources so that they can be as protected as possible from the hazards they face while on the job.”

This is part of a larger program now sending $4 million in grants to 294 departments across Massachusetts. 

This program, in turn, is part of a $25 million state bond bill focused on promoting firefighter safety over the next five years.