Southeast Connecticut entities have received $296,732 in federal Coastal Safety and Security Preparedness Grants, U.S. Representative Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, announced.
The Mystic Fire Department, New London Fire Department and Cross Sound Ferry Services of New London will receive the grants through the US Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant Program. The grants will help fund projects such as maintaining a fireboat, upgrading maritime surveillance and cybersecurity systems, and purchasing water rescue equipment.
The Mystic Fire Department, the only agency in the region that operates a marine vessel equipped with both a fire engine and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives detection equipment, will receive $24,000 to maintain the ship.
“Grants like these are truly invaluable, not just to us, but to all of our New London Marine Group partners – Norwich and New London Fire Services, Groton Long Point, Waterford Fire Service and others,” Mystic Fire Chief Anthony Manfredi said in a statement. “Our work is a collaborative effort, and it also includes our local police and the Coast Guard, so keeping the fireboat in the water and out of the way for maintenance is something that makes a difference not only for our department but for many of our partners and the surrounding communities.
Cross Sound Ferry received a $168,960 grant to maintain and upgrade 10 ferries and two ferry terminals, work that includes replacing digital video recorders, cameras, routers and monitoring systems. A second grant of $80,316 will fund three-year contracts that support the ferry system’s cybersecurity operations.
The New London Fire Department will receive a grant of $23,456 to purchase new water rescue equipment and other items.