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Rescue Hose Co. awarded Homeland Security grant

March 25, 2012

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., announced Thursday that Rescue Hose Co. in Greencastle has been awarded a Department of Homeland Security FIRE grant for $182,875.

Rescue Hose Co. will use the grant to replace 35 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units, which are at the end of their life cycle, according to a news release.

“Without this critical equipment, our volunteer firefighters wouldn’t have the ability to enter hazardous or smoke-filled environments to save lives. This is expensive equipment, and this grant makes it easier for our rural first responders to stay well-equipped and up-to-date,” Shuster said in the release.

“We — like other organizations or households — budget, prioritize and delay purchases where possible. This funding allows us to replace our current breathing apparatus with updated equipment and technology, increasing dependability and improving responder safety,” Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said in the news release.

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