- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) - The Oakland-Mapleville Fire Department has been awarded more than $87,000 in federal funding to purchase to new, life-saving cardiac equipment.

The department says it will use the federal grant of $87,523 to buy a new cardiac compression device, which provides automated cardiac compressions to patients in cardiac arrest.

The department says it will also purchase two additional cardiac monitors to replace outdated ones.

The funding is made available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, or AFG, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA.

Rhode Island fire departments have won over $26 million in AFG awards since the program’s establishment in 2001.

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, which helped secure the funds, says the grants have helped to modernize Rhode Island’s fire departments.

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