STONEWALL — The Stonewall Fire Department has been awarded a grant form the Department of Homeland Security. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant was approved Oct. 6 for a total project cost of $227,250. The federal share of that grant is $215,888 and the fire department share will be $11,362. This grant will be used to purchase a new fully equipped fire engine. The engine will be a four-door cab on a Freightliner Chassis, with a 1,000 gallon tank and a 1,250 gallons-per-minute pump.

The engine will be used to fight structure fires and it will also carry the Jaws of Life and medical equipment.

The department has also been notified that they were awarded the Rural Fire 80/20 grant. The project cost on this is $7,700. The state portion is $6,160 and the fire department share is $1,540. This grant will be used to replace the overhead doors and install electric door openers. It will also be used to replace the old natural gas forced-air heater in the station with more efficient radiant natural gas heaters.

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