Saturday, November 22, 2003

Williamsburg Twp. wins grant to buy fire protective gear



By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WILLIAMSBURG TWP. - It's almost like winning the lottery.

That's how Williamsburg Township Fire Chief Richard Malott describes the $89,658 grant this eastern Clermont County department has been awarded.

Malott said the department will use the money to buy protective equipment, such as new bunker gear, helmets, boots, seven self-contained breathing units and a thermal-imaging camera.

The money is part of $750 million being distributed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to more than 7,000 fire departments nationwide. The funds are part of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

"We've applied several times before, but this time we got it," Malott said.

He couldn't say what his department had done differently this time. "I'm just glad we got the money," he said.

Williamsburg Township has a population of about 5,000. The fire department employs 39 people, including two paid firefighters and two paid paramedics. The other firefighters are volunteers.

E-mail mmccain@enquirer.com




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