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Andover Fire Rescue Receives $22,000 Grant for COVID-19 Protection and Response

ANDOVER — Chief Michael B. Mansfield is pleased to announce that Andover Fire Rescue has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP). The grant will be used to purchase equipment to continually disinfect fire apparatus, ambulances and fire stations in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among Andover Fire Rescue personnel.

Chief Mansfield authored the successful application. Eligible municipalities were invited to solicit up to $50,000 in total funding to benefit their police and/or fire department needs.

“This grant from the State is especially helpful in funding the extra precautions the department has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chief Mansfield.

“With this equipment, we can better protect the health and safety of our department members and community.”

The equipment is expected to arrive by early next year.

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP) The Baker-Polito Administration allocated more than $9.6 million in federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP) grants awarded to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) from the U.S. Department of Justice.

More than 100 local and state public safety agencies will receive this funding for additional resources to further aid in preventing, preparing for and/or responding to the Coronavirus.

The funding will assist agencies with outfitting staff with personal protective gear, purchasing deep cleaning sanitation equipment for correctional facilities and academies, utilizing video technology to conduct hearings remotely, and obtaining materials to reconfigure office space to enhance social distancing and protect essential workers.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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