Eric Smith, Fire Chief
8 School St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Gloucester Fire Department to Receive Federal Grants for New Ambulance and Equipment
GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Fire Department will be awarded two Assistance to Firefighters Grants next week.
Monday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.
Gloucester Fire Headquarters, 8 School St.
- Gloucester Fire Department
- FEMA representatives
- Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
- State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante and State Sen. Bruce Tarr
- Representatives from the offices of Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Seth Moulton
- Members of the public and media are invited to attend.
Representatives from FEMA will visit the Gloucester Fire Department to officially present grants of nearly $500,000 to support the purchase new equipment that will augment and upgrade the department’s ambulance fleet.
A $321,000 grant will help fund the purchase of a new ambulance, while another $145,000 will support the addition of upgraded stretcher loading systems onto three of its existing ambulances.
The auto loader will allow firefighters to automatically lift and lower stretchers into and out of the ambulances, easing the stress on first responders’ backs that results from repeatedly lifting heavy equipment. The systems also enhance patient safety by ensuring that stretchers are secured within the ambulance, reducing the potential for injury should a crash occur.
“These grants will greatly enhance our ability to serve the community and ensure efficient, safe transport for our firefighter paramedics and patients alike,” Chief Smith said. “I’m looking forward to welcoming FEMA to our city and thanking them personally for their continued support of our firefighters.”
The federal grants will cover the vast majority of the costs of the new ambulance and equipment, though the city of Gloucester is responsible for approximately $46,000 of the cost.