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Brownville Fire Dept. receives FEMA funding

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 34, August 20, 2003

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE Federal homeland security funds will buy new fire-fighting tools and equipment for the Brownville Volunteer Fire Department.

The town last week received notification that the fire department will receive $63,459 from the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, issued through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grant requires a 10 percent local match from the town or $7,510.

According to Town Manager Sophie Wilson, the fire department will use the funds to replace outdated equipment, such as fittings on the hoses and trucks, and undersized hose that doesn't meet current standards with wider hose.

The department is replacing its 1.5-inch attack line hose with 1.75-inch hose, she said, as well as a 2.5-inch hose (used for pumping water from a pump truck or hydrant to the pumper, and out to the attack lines) with 4-inch hose.

The replacement of the old hose will bring the town fire department up to current standards.

The department also will purchase "assorted hand tools, ladders, nozzles and portable deluge sets, a positive pressure ventilation fan, turnout gear, various wrenches" and more with the money, Wilson said.

"Generally speaking, the town of Brownville has been using older equipment. The FEMA grant will ... bring us up to standards, increase the safety of firefighters, and hopefully increase our ability to put out fires more rapidly," Wilson said.

Members of the fire department prepared the grant application, along with Interim Fire Chief David Preble, Police Chief Todd Lyford and Kevin Black, who is acting as a public safety consultant for the town.

Grants through the federal program will ultimately total approximately $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters, according to a press release from FEMA. Seven Maine communities, including Brownville, were announced in the latest round of recipients, amounting to approximately $813,000 in aid.

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