fire gear 111620PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) encourages fire departments and not-for-profit ambulance services to apply for the State Fire Marshal’s Small Equipment Grant Program. The program provides $3.3 million in funding across the state for firefighting personal protection equipment (PPE), infection control items and other small equipment.

“Many fire departments and ambulance services are struggling to pay for things like masks, gloves and other PPE,” Joyce said. “They need this equipment to do their jobs safely, so I encourage them to apply for this grant program.”

The program awards grants of up to $26,000. Fire department, fire protection district and township fire department applicants are required to have participated in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) for a minimum of two years prior to applying. Ambulance services applying must be volunteer, non-profit, stand-alone emergency medical service providers not tied in any financial or legal manner to a fire department.

Applications for the Small Equipment Grant Program must be postmarked no later than Jan. 29, 2021. More information on the program can be found on the state fire marshal's website.

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