The Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will receive a $22,654 federal grant, according to an announcement from the office of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md.
"We are going to use about $18,000 of that grant to purchase a thermal imager," said Smithsburg Fire Chief Ron Jeter.
A thermal imager gives firefighters the ability to see in the dark and through smoke at fire scenes, Jeter said.
"It detects heat very accurately too, which is a big help for use," Jeter said.
Several members of the company, including Jeter, have seen thermal imagers in action and are impressed with their performance.
"We have been looking for more than a year for a way to pay for one of them," Jeter said.
The rest of the money will go for command vests for identification and a hazmat diking system for small spills.
Several other Washington County fire departments also are receiving federal grant money.