The Fairfield Fire Department has secured a federal grant for improvements to the Jennings Road Fire Station.

The $56,144 grant will be used to replace the 41-year-old sprinkler system at Station 2 and comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"Fairfield is thrilled to receive news of this grant to enable our fire house to have a new safe fire sprinkler system to prevent future risks and to ensure our emergency management capabilities are secure in all situations," First Selectman Kenneth Flatto said.

The town worked with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, to secure the grant award.

"Safeguarding emergency facilities is key to ensuring our first responders are equipped to respond to any situation at any time," Himes said. "This funding will help keep our firefighters safe and protect the local investments we have made in public safety."

Deputy Fire Chief Arthur Reid said they did not know when the work might begin on installing the state of the art sprinkler system.