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Hampstead fire company to receive $10,000 grant

The Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company announced in a news release Thursday that it will receive $10,000 through the BG&E Emergency Responder Safety Grant.

The fire department has been notified that it will receive the grant Jan. 30 at the American Red Cross Chesapeake Region Headquarters in Baltimore, according to the release.

Fire officials say they will use the grant to replace outdated - older than 20 years - turnout gear racks in the station. The new gear racks are specifically designed to meet the current needs of storing and properly drying turnout gear to ensure readiness for emergency response.

"The turnout gear rack replacement project will allow us to be better organized and allow easier access to out turnout gear," fire chief Jeff Carroll said in a statement.

BG&E launched the annual safety grant program in 2012 designed specifically for emergency response and safety organizations. Eligible organizations that provide emergency services support, either preparedness or response and recovery operations, have the opportunity to apply for a single grant up to $10,000.

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