Acushnet Fire Department receives grant for safety equipment
From Acushnet Fire & EMS Department Facebook Page
The Acushnet Fire & EMS Department has received notification of a grant award totaling $15,000 for the purchase of equipment focusing on firefighter safety.
The funds come from the Fiscal Year 2021 “Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program” administered by the Department of Fire Services. A total of $5 million was distributed to fire departments across the state. The amount each department was eligible for was based on the population of the community.
This grant will be used to purchase five thermal imaging cameras which will be carried on each of the fire department’s apparatus. In addition, funds will be used to replace aging fire nozzles and hose.
“We are thankful the state approved our grant request,” stated Acushnet Fire Chief Kevin Gallagher. “These funds will allow us to continue to upgrade equipment that is so very important to the safety of our firefighters. I want to commend our senior members, especially Firefighter/ Paramedic Thomas Farland, for playing a leading role in writing our successful grant proposal.”
“We constantly are looking for grant opportunities in order to take the cost of equipment purchases and replacement off the backs of the Acushnet taxpayer. Our folks did a great job,” stated Chief Gallagher
Nomination papers available in Acushnet
Nomination papers are available for those wishing to run for office in Acushnet.
The annual election is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day.
The last day to take out nomination papers is Thursday, March 25, at 5 p.m.
Candidates must submit at least 42 signatures that will be certified as registered voters who have signed in person. The last day and hour to submit nomination papers to the Board of Registrars for certification of signatures in Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m.
The last day to register to vote in Acushnet is Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m.
Offices that will be on the ballot, all for three year terms are:: Selectboard, Kevin Gaspar, incumbent; Assessor, Matthew Lopes, incumbent; Board of Health, David Davignon, incumbent; School Committee, Craig Sumner, incumbent; Commissioner of Trust Funds, Tommy Lipsett, incumbent; Cemetery Board, Paul Fortin, incumbent; Trustee of Library (two seats), Jennifer Alves and Diane Ferreira, incumbents; Park Commissioner, Chad Leclair, incumbent; Tree Warden, vacant.
Offices on the ballot for five year terms are: Planning Commissioner, Mark DeSilva, Sr., incumbent; Housing Authority, Rene Racine, incumbent.
For more information contact the Town Clerk’s office at 508-998-0215.
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