Firefighters to receive $150,000 grant

Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2009

JUNEAU - Officials in Anchorage with the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced another grant award Friday to Capital City Fire and Rescue worth $150,000.

Division Chief Richard Etheridge said the department plans to spend the money on more advanced firefighter training this spring for all of the career staff and volunteer firefighters that are able to make the time commitment.

Last month, FEMA awarded $225,000 to the department to replace an aging water tanker.

These grants are part of about $500 million to be awarded across the country this budget year to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations. The fire fighting grant program is part of a national push to improve first responders' preparedness.

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