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Grant awarded to Hagerstown Fire Department

November 07, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $15,246 grant to the Hagerstown Fire Department.

"That is good news," Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said Thursday. "That will obviously be a big help with our efforts to protect our citizens."

The news was announced by U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in a press release Thursday.

The city applied for the money through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a competitive grant program open to fire departments nationwide.

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

The Hagerstown fire department will use the money to buy computers and software to track arson cases, Mikulski's release said.

The department has one computer that is shared by four staff members. The new computer equipment will allow firefighters to use fire investigation software that will coordinate case management, link crime scenes and update suspect profiles and geographic data, the release said.

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The remaining money going to the city will go toward paying for a new vehicle for the department's public education program, the release said.

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