DARIEN, Conn. — The city of Norwalk has received a $43,000 grant from FEMA to purchase thermal imaging cameras to help firefighters see through darkness or smoke and search for cameras.
The $43,619 Assistance to Firefighters Grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes Thursday at the Norwalk Fire Department headquarters. The new four cameras will replace the current cameras, which are 15 years old.
“This federal funding will allow the Norwalk Fire Department to replace old, dated equipment. Firefighters are constantly putting their lives on the line to save others, and the least we can do is ensure they are equipped with the most up to date technology and resources needed to do their jobs safely and effectively. I congratulate the Norwalk Fire Department on this new grant and thank the courageous firefighters for protecting the people of Norwalk,” said Blumenthal.
“Few things are more important than supporting the firefighters and first responders who keep us safe,” said Murphy. “These new imaging cameras will go a long way in helping the Norwalk Fire Department detect the root of a fire and more easily rescue people in danger. Connecticut’s firefighters deserve nothing but the best, and I’ll continue to fight for them every day.”
“The money that the federal government spends represents a statement of our priorities,” said Himes. ”And there should be no higher priority than supporting the men and women who, as first responders, are running toward danger when the rest of us are running away. This is a well-deserved reward for Norwalk and everyone in our community is grateful for FEMA’s continued support.”
“Our plan is to replace the 4 oldest, non NFPA compliant cameras on our engine companies with new NFPA compliant cameras. The cameras being replaced are approximately 15 years old. These new cameras will provide a superior image quality which will enable our firefighters to fully interpret a fire scene and make better, more informed tactical decisions. The Norwalk Fire Department is grateful for the awarding of this AFG grant. The City of Norwalk will see a substantial savings in this purchase,” said Acting Norwalk Fire Department Chief Gino Gatto.
FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter grant program has helped firefighters and other first responders to obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards since 2001.