U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3) recently announced a $280,000 federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the Milford Fire Department to assist in the purchase of a new fire station alert system. According to a release, the new system will improve response time and more efficiently integrate communications systems between departments. The grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security\u2019s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. \u201cThese federal funds will help improve response time, communication and coordination for Milford firefighters, an investment that will undoubtedly save the lives of residents and first responders. Our firefighters and first responders risk their lives every day to save ours, and deserve the assistance and support of the best, state of the art life-saving equipment and systems,\u201d Blumenthal said. \u201cWhen it comes to fighting fires and keeping our families safe, seconds count,\u201d Murphy said. \u201cThis funding will give Milford a new fire station alert system and give firefighters a crucial new tool to help to save lives,\u201d Murphy said. \u201cTime is of the essence in any emergency situation and seconds can make a difference when lives are in the balance. The new alert system will go a long way towards keeping Milford residents safe, and ensure the safety of the first responders serving our community. My heartfelt thanks go to the men and women who so willingly risk their safety to keep the rest of us safe,\u201d said DeLauro. \u201cThis is welcome news for Milford\u2019s public safety and infrastructure and will help us stay at the cutting edge of technology and innovation. It is a victory for the Milford EMS and for the residents of Milford. This grant will make sure that Milford has the highest standards of safety and protection,\u201d said Milford Mayor Ben Blake.