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Fire, rescue group wants $500,000

April 04, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

HAGERSTOWN - As part of its 2008 fiscal year budget, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association asked the county for $500,000 toward land for building a new training facility that president Glenn Fuscsick said he "know(s) they will not grant."

"A new facility is long overdue and yet it was cut from the 2010 capital budget," he said.

Fuscsick said the association will soon need the new center as the county prepares to renovate the building where local fire and rescue volunteers have trained to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Fire Protection Association certification standards.

County Administrator Gregory Murray said the county is renovating the building along Elliott Parkway in Williamsport in July to accommodate a new $20 million Emergency Services Department communications center.

The budget presented by Fuscsick requested $500,000 of the money to purchase land for a new facility. It also included a $50,000 line item to fund the rental and renovation of a training center until the new one can be built.

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While Fuscsick said he is not optimistic that the board will approve the funding increase, he said the association needed to ask for it.

"We need to move forward to address this before it becomes a catastrophic problem."

The money requested for training facilities was the only significant increase in the association's 2008 operating budget, Fuscsick said.

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