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Rep. Hogan Secures Funds for Cisterns to Upgrade Fire Protection in Stow

Feb 25, 2022 | News

Town and state leaders gathered at the Stow Fire Department to celebrate $300,000 in funding for new fire fighting cisterns — made possible by ongoing partnerships among our local, state and federal government. 
I’m grateful to the Stow Fire Department for its strategic planning around critical fire fighting needs and for Town Administrator and the Stow Selectboard for discussing critical infrastructure projects, as well as House Speaker Mariano and HWM Chair Michelwicz, support on the Senate side from Sen Eldridge, and our federal partners who played a seminal role in passing the American Rescue Plan Act, including President Biden, Senators Warren and Markey and Congresswoman Lori Trahan.
Fire protection cisterns provide a reliable, year-round dedicated water source for fire suppression – something the Town of Stow, which is without a municipal water system and fire hydrants, has lacked. Stow has traditionally relied instead on natural water sources (rivers, lakes and ponds) that are deeply affected by weather conditions, drought, environmental change and growth. The new cisterns in Stow will create an efficient water delivery system in the event of a fire emergency. They will be located in areas of dense population or sites recognized to be lacking in sufficient water for fire suppression.

l-r: Stow COA Director Alyson Toole; Stow Select Board Member Cortni Frecha; Emily Byrne, District Director for Congresswoman Lori Trahan; Stow Town Administrator Denise Dembkoski, Senator Jamie Eldridge; Rep. Kate Hogan; Stow Select Board Chair Ellen Sturgis; Stow Fire Captain Barry Evers; Stow Fire Chief John Paul Benoit; Mass Dept of Fire Services Fire Marshall Peter Ostroskey

Discussing use of cisterns in ongoing firefighter education with Stow Fire Chief John Paul Benoit and our new Captain Barry Evers

Stow Fire Chief J.P. Benoit

Stow Fire Captain Evers explaining how cisterns will be used

Representative Kate Hogan
State House, Room 370
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-2600