MADISON — The Madison Fire Department is getting a $179,835 federal grant from the U.S. Emergency Management Agency to buy new air packs for firefighters to use as they enter burning buildings, as well as a new air compressor with which to fill them.

Madison is one of four fire departments in the state that will get a total of $879,925 in federal grant funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a press release from U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King.

“Our firefighters and first responders risk their lives on a daily basis to help protect and keep us safe,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “These funds will help provide them with the resources they need to do their important job.”

Other municipalities getting the money are Bradley, Caribou and Scarborough.

“This funding will help ensure that first responders in Bradley and Madison have the best resources available to effectively respond to emergencies,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who also sent out a release on the grant.

The money is part of a national grant award program for fiscal year 2013 totaling more than $38 million in fire department funding.

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