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FEMA gives $204,250 grant for Williamsport, Md. firetruck

October 10, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. will receive a $204,250 federal grant toward the purchase of a new firetruck, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Jay Grimes, the fire company's president, said the new mini-pumper truck will cost about $210,000. Donations collected by the fire department will cover the difference between the grant amount and the purchase price, he said.

Grimes said the new truck will replace a 1978 Dodge brush truck with about 40,000 miles on it. "We try to keep our trucks 20 years ... and it's starting to rust pretty bad," he said.

The new 2008 truck will have more capabilities than the Dodge truck, but the fire company hasn't decided which model, Grimes said.

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Including the Dodge truck, Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. has six vehicles, he said.

FEMA announced Williamsport's money last week as part of a list of recipients of fiscal year 2006 awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

According to FEMA, other fiscal year 2006 awards include:

  • $64,049 to Friendship Fire Co. in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., for equipment

  • $78,656 to Independent Fire Co. in Ranson, W.Va., for equipment

  • $22,800 to Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department for equipment

  • $38,400 to Waynesboro Ambulance Squad to modify facility

  • $76,475 to Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad in Franklin County, Pa., for equipment

  • $68,400 to West End Fire & Rescue Co. in Shippensburg, Pa., for equipment

  • $186,960 to Franklin Fire Co., near Chambersburg, Pa., for equipment

  • $21,731 to Friendship Engine & Hose Co. of Chambersburg for equipment

  • $31,782 to Vigilant Hose Co. of Shippensburg for equipment and training

  • $139,650 to Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department for equipment

  • $226,094 to Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. for equipment and to modify its facility

  • $166,250 to Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Co. for equipment

  • $244,625 to Hancock Fire Co. for equipment and to modify its facility

  • $116,921 to Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. for equipment

  • $118,672 to Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. for equipment

  • $233,100 to Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway for vehicle acquisition

  • $32,786 to Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services for equipment


Fiscal year 2007 awards so far include:

  • $49,402 to Franklin Fire Co. for equipment

  • $71,250 to Salem Twp. Volunteer Fire Department in Forbes Road, Pa., for equipment

  • $19,000 to Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. for equipment

  • $35,530 to Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services for modifications to its facilities.
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