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Norwalk gets $600K for state-of-the-art fireboat
Updated On: May 03, 2011

 

 
 
NORWALK
By ROBERT KOCH
Norwalk Hour Staff Writer
March 25, 2011


The Norwalk Fire Department soon will be in the market for a fireboat capable of detecting chemical, biological radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.  On Friday, Mayor Richard A. Moccia's office announced that the city received confirmation that it will receive a Critical Infrastructure Grant Award under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Port Security Program.  The grant amount totals $600,000 and will cover the cost of the high-tech fire boat, according to Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, who is also the city's director of emergency management.  The Fire Department has received proposals from several fire boat manufactures and will issue a formal request for proposals in the coming weeks. The department expects that design and construction will be completed by late summer, according to a press statement from Moccia's office.  Moccia and McCarthy credited Katherine Pytleski, the city's grants administrator, for writing the successful grant application. Said Moccia: "Katherine's work on this grant was praised by the reviewers and it became the model for successful grant applications by other Connecticut communities."  The $600,000 award is part of a comprehensive Area Maritime Protection Plan in which the Fire Department has participated. The plan provides resources for coastal communities to develop their capabilities to respond with other agencies to marine emergencies in their local jurisdictions and in Long Island Sound.  Such regional coordination was demonstrated during the U.S. Airways crash-landing in the Hudson River in 2009. The cities of New Haven, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Greenwich also received grants under the program, according to the press statement.  According to McCarthy, the Norwalk Fire Department has developed a marine firefighting capability over the past several years in response to the development of the city's shoreline and the busy recreational and commercial harbor. Lieutenants Tim Morrisette, Jon Maggio, Mike Pirri, and Firefighter D'Acunto are credited with the effort in partnership with the Norwalk Police Marine Division.  So far, more than 20 Norwalk Fire Department personnel have been trained to operate the city's current 24-foot fire boat, which was commissioned July 10, 2007.

        


 
 


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