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Fairplay fire company to use grants to buy radios

March 16, 2009

FAIRPLAY -- The Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. will use $84,076 in grants from FEMA to purchase radios, President Bill Pennington said Monday.

With the radios, firefighters will be able to communicate more effectively, he said.

"When you're at the fire scene, you can communicate with your command post," Pennington said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a total of $860,712 to 13 fire departments in the Mid-Atlantic region, a spokesman announced in a news release Friday.

The fire company applied for the grant last year, Pennington said.

Pennington said he was not sure how many radios the company would be able to purchase with the grant money.

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