For Immediate Release - October 29, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR WARE FIRE STATION

Project receives $1 million in state funds, $5 million in federal stimulus

WARE - Friday, October 29, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to public safety in communities across the Commonwealth, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today joined Congressman John Olver to announce $1 million in state funding to support the Town of Ware's efforts to build a new fire station. In addition to the $1 million in bond funds included in the Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 to Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Plan, Congressman Olver also highlighted $5 million in federal stimulus funds recently awarded to Ware for the project - one of only two communities in Massachusetts to receive funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act's Assistance to the Firefighters State Construction Grant Program.

"Our Administration continues to work with cities and towns across the state to invest in our communities and protect public safety resources," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "We are proud to partner with the federal government and the town of Ware on a project that will put people to work and protect the residents and businesses in this community."

Currently, the Town of Ware's only fire station has been deemed structurally deficient. With this funding, the town will be able to build a new, modern fire station. Ware has already expended funds to purchase land and also complete water testing and design for the new fire station. By working closely with Senator John Kerry and Congressman Olver, the town was awarded $5 million in federal funding for the project, and the town's application was one of only three communities nationwide to receive a grant of $5 million or more.

"This has always been a huge priority for Ware and it should be because it's the difference between life and death. Chief Coulombe told me this new station was critical so we worked together to get the federal funding and now along with this state investment Ware is going to get it built," said Senator Kerry.

"Earlier this year, the Ware Fire Station received the third largest federal award in the nation and was one of only two recipients in Massachusetts. It is a testament to the hard work of Chief Coulombe and his Department," said Congressman Olver. "The current station has served the town well, but it is in need of repair and simply does not meet the needs of a 21st Century fire department. I am pleased that this partnership of federal and state dollars will allow the town to move forward with construction on a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance the ability of firefighters to respond to emergencies for years to come."

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the citizens of Ware to benefit and construct a new state of the art fire station," said Fire Chief Thomas Coulombe, Town of Ware. "This is possible because of the partnership and hard work of federal, state and local officials working together. I would like to thank everyone who has helped make this possible."

"I am thrilled to join Lieutenant Governor Murray and the Town of Ware to announce the award of this funding. It has been an honor to work alongside the Town, Chief Coulombe and Congressman Olver who have worked tirelessly to see this project move forward. I applaud the community for working toward improving infrastructure and public safety with this funding," said Senator Stephen M. Brewer.

"I appreciate the commitment of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor in understanding the importance of this new Fire Station for the Town of Ware. Their financial support is necessary to make sure that the Fire Station is built to ensure the safety of the community," said Representative Anne Gobi.

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