WASHINGTON, DC — Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Representatives Richard E. Neal, Jim McGovern, Stephen Lynch, Mike Capuano, Niki Tsongas and Bill Keating announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded twelve fire departments in Massachusetts over $2.2 million in federal grants.

"All across the Commonwealth, our brave first responders are working each and every day to protect our families and neighborhoods." Senator Elizabeth Warren said. "These grants will ensure fire departments throughout Massachusetts have the staff and resources they need to carry out their mission and safeguard our communities."

The New Bedford Fire Department received a FEMA fire grant of 74-thousand dollars for the purchase of vehicle extraction equipment, more commonly known as "The Jaws of Life."

"Firefighter grants remain critical to guarantee our departments our working with the most-to-date equipment, ensuring the safety of both our citizens and first responders," said Congressman Bill Keating. "New Bedford will certainly benefit from this assistance, which will go directly to new hydraulic rescue tools commonly known as jaws of life."

--Senator Warren's Office