Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Bucksport will receive $240,595 for the Bucksport Fire and Emergency Medical Services’ Fire Prevention and Smoke Detector Installation program. The grant will help cover the cost of purchasing and installing 10-year smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for approximately 2,400 homes in Bucksport and Verona Island. During the installation, firefighters plan to offer residents a brief fire prevention home inspection and provide important fire safety information.
“Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are critical tools that can save lives and protect property. Unfortunately, the cost of these lifesaving devices can put them out of reach for many families,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “This funding will allow the Bucksport Fire and Emergency Medical Services to expand alarm installation and increase fire prevention education, the primary lines of defense against fires.”
The funding is being awarded through the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program, which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. Fire Prevention and Safety Grants support projects that increase the safety of firefighters and the public.