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Grant to help fire company buy pumper

September 08, 2004

SMITHSBURG - A $125,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security will help pay for a new mini pumper/brush truck, according to Chief Ron Jeter of the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co.

In an announcement from the office of U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr., R-Md., the grant was specifically targeting the nation's first responders, such as Smithsburg firefighters.

"After Sept. 11, 2001, they also know they might face the need to respond to terrorist attacks," Bartlett said in a press release.

Jason Kline, a member of the fire company, said the new mini pumper will have the same firefighting capability of a bigger truck, but the smaller size will enable access to tight quarters such as driveways.

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The new vehicle will replace a 31-year-old piece of equipment, Kline said.

The new truck will be equipped with a 300-gallon water tank, a 750-gallon-per-minute pump and a compressed air foam system that will help the department put out fires, even without access to fire hydrants.

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