Congressman Joe Kennedy

Representing the 4th District of Massachusetts


Congressman Joe Kennedy working for Massachusetts constituents


Aug 15, 2016
Press Release

Newton, MA – Congressman Joe Kennedy III announced today the Taunton Fire Department received a grant of $1,340,360 under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants Program. These funds will be used by the department to hire seven firefighters. 
“Firefighters answer the call to keep our families and neighbors safe without hesitation or concern for their own safety,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Whenever they put their lives at risk to protect ours, it is critical that we provide them with the support and funding they rely on. I congratulate Chief Tim Bradshaw, as well as his entire department, on earning this award and thank them for their continued service to our communities.”
“With the addition of these new firefighters, our department will be even better prepared to serve and protect the people of Taunton,” said Chief Tim Bradshaw. “I would like to thank our staff and the entire department for their work as we sought this grant and look forward to becoming entirely compliant with the engine company staffing standards created by the National Fire Protection Association.”
About SAFER Grants:
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).
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For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2016
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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