DERRY — Derry is among a list of Granite State communities set to receive federal funding to support its firefighters.

New Hampshire’s congregational delegation announced that the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $5.7 million in federal funding to support Granite State firefighters through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program.

Derry will get $496,980 to purchase firefighter breathing apparatus.

Other communities receiving funding are Manchester, Merrimack, Goffstown and Pittsfield.

The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments in order to enhance safety for firefighters and the public. The grants can be used for training, equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness activities, or modifications of fire stations.

The SAFER program provides funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained front line firefighters.

“New Hampshire firefighters are integral to the safety and well-being of our communities, which is why securing funding to ensure they are able to do their jobs as safely and efficiently as possible has been a top priority for me in the Senate,” said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a statement.

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan added that firefighters put their lives on the line every day to help save lives.

Michael Sitar Jr., president of the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs said the funding will support the needs of Granite State fire departments and he thanked the New Hampshire congressional delegation for their support.

“These grants go a long way in providing the necessary training tools, equipment, vehicles, and personnel that respond every day to the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire,” Sitar said.

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