Georgetown, Groveland Receive Grants to Purchase New Firefighting Equipment

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A firefighters’ assistance grant program allows Georgetown and Groveland to purchase new equipment for their departments. (File photograph)

Two area fire departments are poised to benefit from a regional assistance grant allowing them to purchase new lifesaving equipment to replace outdated items.

Georgetown and Groveland’s departments, along with Newbury, were selected to share in nearly $630,000 of grant money to purchase self-contained breathing equipment, including masks and air tank cylinders. As a result, all three departments are now equipped to outfit each firefighter on board all ladder and engine trucks.

“Obtaining this grant is part of a regional effort between our departments to work closer to increase safety for all three communities, Georgetown’s Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. said. “This award enables us to better protect firefighters responding to an incident and the residents we serve every day.”

Under the leadership of Mitchell, Newbury Fire Chief Douglas Janvrin and retired Groveland Chief Robert Lay, the departments submitted a join application in February and received notice of their award in July.