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Berkeley Springs fire department gets money toward new fire engine

February 16, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $261,250 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

J.J. Steiner, chief of the fire department, said the funding comes through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which the company applied for last spring.

"It's a great day for the Berkeley Springs community and for the fire company," he said.

Steiner said the vehicle grant will be used to help purchase a custom pumper fire engine to replace Engine 14, one of the three fire engines in the company.

"The new custom pumper is more modern and safer," and it probably will include a foam system for fuel fires, Steiner said.

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Engine 14 is a 1970 model and has undergone a lot of repair work, he said.

"It has an open cab, which is cold in the winter, especially when you're wet after putting out a fire," Steiner said. "The new one is enclosed."

The price of the custom pumper fire engine is $385,000, which is what the fire company requested, Steiner said. The company will need about $125,000 in additional funds and is planning fundraisers, he said.

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