The Chelsea Fire Department will receive $20,000 in federal grant money to purchase two thermal imaging cameras.

The latest round of federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program awards included a total of just under $250,000 in funding for fire departments in Chelsea and in Fryeburg, according to a joint statement from Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, chairwoman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, and independent U.S. Sen. Angus King.

Chelsea’s money is to be used to buy thermal imagining cameras, which are devices that can be used to detect fires and unseen hot spots.

The Fryeburg money will pay for firefighter protective gear, breathing apparatus and training.

“Firefighters across Maine work hard every day to protect the communities they serve, and they need adequate resources and training to do their important jobs,” the senators said in the joint statement.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was created to help fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations purchase equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles and training to protect the public and emergency personnel better.


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