Hudson Fire set to receive $642K

Hudson Fire Capt. Sean Mamone steers a fire truck straight out of the bay of Hudson’s Leonard A. Smith Central Station at 15 Library St.

HUDSON – This week, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation announced $2.1 million in grants for fire safety, with a total of $642,946 going to the Hudson Fire Department.

This grant, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), will strengthen the town’s ability to respond to fires and fire-related incidents.

“It will increase our operational staffing by four and bolster our numbers,” Chief Robert Buxton said. “Our emergency call volume has gone up after the last few years.”

However, although federal officials awarded these funds, Buxton said members of the Hudson Board of Selectmen have not taken any action on it yet. Buxton will be presenting the grant to the board on Monday.

If ultimately accepted, the grant will provide the fire department with the opportunity to give a more efficient and effective delivery model to the public.

Windham and Londonderry also received grants in the amounts of $735,612 and $700,566, respectively.

“These grants are about protecting the public and property, and I am very pleased to see them awarded to towns that are in need of additional resources,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said.

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said firefighters throughout the state often go above and beyond the typical call of duty to keep Granite Staters safe. She cited their ongoing efforts dealing with the opioid epidemic.

“This federal funding will help support those efforts, providing fire departments in Londonderry, Windham, and Hudson with resources to better staff the departments 24/7 and to continue carrying out their vital work to build a safer community and state,” Hassan said.

“Our firefighters do incredible work and put themselves at risk on a daily basis to keep our families and communities safe,” U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., said.

“I have always supported SAFER grants because they help local fire departments hire additional first responders and increase their ability to safely respond to fire and fire-related incidents,” U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., added.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

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