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South Fire District, Middletown, CT

News Release

DeLauro Announces Federal Funding for South Fire District of Middletown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.-3) today announced a federal grant in the amount of $9,721 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the South Fire District located at 445 Randolph Road in Middletown. The funding will be used to purchase an additional thermal imaging camera, which allows firefighters to detect through heavy smoke people trapped in burning buildings.

"This funding will help save lives in Middletown and the surrounding communities," said DeLauro. "It will allow the agency to purchase a new thermal imaging camera - a critical piece of equipment for fire fighting. I congratulate the South Fire District for winning this competitive grant."

"This funding is essential for small fire districts like ours to ensure state of the art technology gets into the hands of first responders," said Fire Chief Rob Ross. "This equipment will aid local firefighters in locating persons trapped in a burning structure, allowing faster more secure rescues and will provide all three of first response vehicles with a thermal imaging camera." The grant announced today was provided through the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program, which provides funding for smaller emergency response agencies with equipment to enhance regional response, mutual aid and interoperability among local first responders.