Methuen and Georgetown are local beneficiaries of more than $9.6 million in federal coronavirus emergency aid distributed by the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
The Methuen Fire Department was awarded $49,223 for nine sets of turnout gear and a digital informational board and traffic display. Georgetown Police received $26,134 for personal protective equipment and an LED communication board. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice to further aid in preventing, preparing for and/or responding to the Coronavirus.
“These awards to municipal departments and state agencies across the Commonwealth demonstrate our commitment to providing our police officers, firefighters and other public safety personnel with the necessary tools to effectively serve their communities while continuing to fight a pandemic,” said Gov. Charlie Baker.
Eligible communities were invited to solicit up to $50,000 in total funding to benefit their police and/or fire department needs. In total, 65 fire departments and 44 police departments representing 94 cities and towns received awards.
Awards were also made available for competitive solicitation by state public safety agencies responsible for confronting the pandemic, including the Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts National Guard.