Greenwich will receive $245,000 in a Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) emergency management award.
The grant was announced Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who said the money will allow the town to undertake projects that upgrade infrastructure and the town’s ability to respond to emergencies.
“The three weather related emergencies we’ve experienced over the last fifteen months have made the need for a coordinated response at the state and municipal levels all the more important,” said Governor Malloy. “The investments we’re announcing today will help these towns enhance their emergency response capabilities, while at same time allow them to move some really great projects forward.”
Greenwich was awarded $245,000 in STEAP funds to replace key components of the town's communication network, which has failed several times during emergency situations. The grant will allow Greenwich to install new systems and will ensure a well-coordinated efficient emergency response.
First Selectman Peter Tesei said, "We’re pleased to receive the grant and we are applying it to something that’s critical to our emergency services. We are appreciative to our legislative delegation for their support."
“Greenwich is very grateful for the state grant which will help fund the upgrade of critical life-safety communications systems for our emergency responders. It could not have come at a better time,” said State Rep. Livvy R. Floren (R-149).
"We are delighted and thank the Governor for $245,000 to purchase new communications equipment for the town of Greenwich. As communication devices become more sophisticated with enhanced multi-media delivery, this award will be most useful in preparing our town to deal with fire, police, and storm emergencies," said State Rep. Lile Gibbons (R-150), according to a statement released by Malloy's office.
"I am pleased that our town is receiving a $245,000 STEAP grant to purchase equipment that will allow for better communication for our Fire, Police, Public Works, and the Parks & Recreation Departments," said State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151). "Public safety is first and foremost on everyone's minds and the people of the Town of Greenwich can be assured that the Greenwich delegation will continue to stand and work with the State of Connecticut in our commitment to their well being."
The towns Bethany and South Windsor each received $500,000 in STEAP funds for projects in those towns.