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Fire companies get grant money

September 13, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Firefighters from Halfway and Long Meadow received word Thursday that they have been awarded at least a portion of their federal grant requests.

Halfway will get $108,144 while Long Meadow will receive $9,864, according to press releases from the offices of U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, both D-Md.

Jeff Ringer, chief of the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway, said in late August that his company had asked for $128,000. Despite the $20,000 drop in the grant amount, the company plans to follow through on the purchase of turnout gear to protect firefighters.

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Long Meadow had requested $14,000. The grant money will go for new hoses and nozzles.

Two weeks ago, the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. got notice of receipt of a $198,000 federal grant, so far the largest allocation in Washington County.

Funkstown Fire Chief Jonathan Gift said the money will enable his company to phase out a 1982 four-wheel-drive vehicle with a 1954 pump and a 1967 pumper and purchase a new fire engine that can respond on wildland fires and other calls.

In its second year, the 2002 Assistance to Firefighters grant program comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration.

More than 19,000 fire departments applied for grants this year and just over 5,000 will receive money, said USFA Administrator R. David Paulison.

In addition to Long Meadow and Halfway, the senators also announced Thursday that the Joppa-Magnolia Fire Co. got $28,750, and volunteers in Hughesville received $18,000.

Fire departments can apply for money for training, firefighting equipment, protective gear, fire prevention programs and firefighting vehicles.

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