U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said her visit to Springfield yesterday focused on two issues of extreme importance – talking of ways to help at-risk youth, and bringing news of a new $728,000 federal grant for city firefighter safety and training.
The Springfield Business Improvement District is so proud to have new non-profit Suit Up Springfield in our district, in a storefront on Worthington Street. This is where Warren visited on her trip to learn about Suit Up Springfield and other local organizations that are helping at-risk youth and recently released inmates. Suit Up Springfield helps at-risk youth academically and professionally, including providing them with donated suits and ties for job interviews and to help with self esteem.
Warren then stopped at the Fire Department headquarters, also on Worthington Street, to announce the federal grant that will provide 67 full sets of self-contained breathing apparatus, and an additional 165 face masks for firefighters, and for certification training of all fire officers.
“It’s an incredible day for the Springfield Fire Department,” Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant said. “It is much needed equipment, much needed training that we have been fighting for the last couple of years. To give our firefighters the best equipment is my top priority to keep them safe and to keep the public safe.”
Such a grant is the least the federal government can do to aid emergency personnel who rush into buildings when everyone else runs out, Warren said.
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