Maine’s 2nd District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, announced two grants, one of those right here in Aroostook County.

The grants will go to the fire departments of Bridgewater and Dedham-Lucerne from the U.S Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The grants will be distributed as follows:

  • Bridgewater Fire Department -- $7,620 for 10 firefighter breathing apparatus cylinders
  • Dedham-Lucerne Fire Department -- $34,143 for a firefighter breathing apparatus air fill system

The grants are awarded as part of FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).  The AFG was created to help provide funds for fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations so they can purchase equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources to better protect the public and emergency personnel.