WASHINGTON, DC — United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Representatives Jim McGovern, Mike Capuano, and Bill Keating, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded five fire departments in Massachusetts--including one on the SouthCoast--nearly $2.2 million in federal grants.

As part of the FEMA fire grants, the Onset Fire Department received $271,429 for a tanker truck.

"I am very proud to join my colleagues in announcing this critical funding for firefighters in our Massachusetts communities," said Rep. Bill Keating. "Receipt of this funding will provide the Onset Fire Department with a much-needed new tanker truck and the Eastham Fire Department with the ability to hire four new firefighters. These grants are an important step in ensuring that these brave men and women have the resources they need to continue serving as the first line of defense for our communities."

Three fire departments received Assistance to Firefighters Grants, totaling nearly $1 million, to help provide the critical resources required to train and equip emergency personnel in order to meet official standards, increase efficiency and interoperability, and help make departments and the communities they serve more resilient.

Two additional fire departments were awarded over $1.2 million through the Staffing for Adequate & Fire Emergency Response (SAFER) program to support the hiring of trained, "front line" firefighters in communities.

--Senator Warren's Office