CLEAR SPRING -- The Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $71,440 federal grant to install an exhaust removal system to protect firefighters from dangerous engine-room fumes, Chief Michael Reid said.
The grant comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The company will use the money to install exhaust removal equipment in seven engine-room bays, Reid said. It will use source-capture systems, which connect directly to the exhaust pipes on the fire equipment, he said.
The department was relieved to learn it would receive a grant for the system, Reid said.
"It was one of these things that we absolutely needed to do, but we didn't want to pay for it out of our own pocket," he said.