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Four fire companies receive almost $6,000 in DNR grants

August 24, 2007

Four Washington County volunteer fire companies recently received grants totaling almost $6,000 from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.

The following companies received grants:

·: Hancock - $2,000

· Williamsport - $1,761

· Maugansville - $1,100

· Sharpsburg - $1,085

The grants will be used to focus on increasing capacity for wildland fire suppression needs in rural communities.

Projects will include wildland personal protective equipment, skid units for building brush trucks, replacing small diameter fire hose, upgrading communications equipment, purchase of Class A foam, installation of dry fire hydrants, and other equipment to enhance wildfire suppression.

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"We are thankful for the fire protection provided by local volunteer fire departments," said Monte Mitchell, DNR state fire supervisor. "The grants help rural fire departments increase their effectiveness and safety in combating wildland fires in Maryland."

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