Eastham Fire receives grant for hydrant and water supply equipment

EASTHAM – Eastham Fire reports that on Friday, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) notified the Eastham Fire Department that it had been awarded $17,266 in
Assistance to Firefighters’ Grant (AFG) funding to purchase necessary hydrant appliances and
water supply equipment.

The department submitted an application to the highly competitive federal AFG program and
scored high enough in the review process to be funded in the award announcements made last
week. The grant award funds the replacement of necessary hydrant equipment and water supply
appliances. At an age of 15 years old, the current water supply equipment was purchased for the
occasional utilization in neighboring communities with municipal water. In 2015, voters in
Eastham approved a town-wide municipal water system which would enhance firefighting
operations for the fire department. In order to take advantage of the added fire protection
capabilities, the hydrant equipment used to draw water from the system and deliver the water to
the fire, needed upgrading.

“The Eastham Fire Department is extremely pleased to receive this funding to purchase this
water supply equipment that will allow us to take full advantage of our enhanced fire protection
through the new hydrant systems,” said Eastham Fire Chief Kent Farrenkopf. “I would like to
thank all the members of the fire department staff who assisted with the grant process, along with
Congressman Keating for his support of efforts to better protect our community.”

Without this grant funding, these critical replacements would otherwise not have taken place.
The AFG award of $17,266 in project funding will provide direct relief to Eastham taxpayers and
the town’s future capital budgets.

Media release furnished by Eastham Fire

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