BELLOWS FALLS — Vermont’s congressional delegation Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced Tuesday that firefighters throughout Vermont will receive $679,285 through three federal grants.
Approximately $142,858 of this money will go for breathing apparatus equipment for 20 firefighters in Bellows Falls.
“These federal funds will help ensure Vermonters have well-trained and dedicated firefighters throughout Vermont,” said Leahy, Sanders, and Welch in a joint statement.
Since 2001, the Bellows Falls department has not purchased breathing apparatus equipment, leaving the ones the department currently has out-of-date.
Other awards include $500,000 for a firefighting training simulator at Vermont Firefighting Academy in Pittsford, and $36,427 for hose and nozzles for firefighters in Springfield.
“Firefighters play an invaluable role in communities throughout the state and we are pleased to be able to help provide the resources they need to train and to safely fight fires,” the joint statement reads.