BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday $83.27 million in direct assistance grants to 364 fire departments nationwide through the agency's Fiscal Year 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Among those departments receiving the grant is the Freetown Fire Department, which will receive $16,667 from FEMA for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

The grant will be used to purchase firefighting hose and nozzles for Freetown’s firefighters.

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.

Eligible applicants include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments, and State Fire Training Academies.

The grant applications are submitted from each agency directly to FEMA, where the applications are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation.

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