WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) and Fairfield First Selectman Ken Flatto announced today that the Fairfield Fire Department will receive $56,144 in federal funding to replace an aging sprinkler system at the firehouse. The award comes from the Assistance to Firefights Grants (AFG) program at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Safeguarding emergency facilities is key to ensuring our first responders are equipped to respond to any situation at any time,” said Himes. “This funding will help keep our firefighters safe and protect the local investments we have made in public safety.”

AFG awards help fire departments enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Himes worked with the Town of Fairfield to advocate for this funding, which will allow the town to replace a 41 year-old sprinkler system with state-of-the-art protection.

“Fairfield is thrilled to receive news of this grant to enable our fire house to have a new safe fire sprinkler system to prevent future risks and to ensure our emergency management capabilities are secure in all situations,” said Flatto.