More than $400,000 in federal money will provide five of Carroll County's volunteer fire companies with the latest technology for firefighters, updated equipment for engines and safety features that will enhance and improve firehouses.
The Gamber fire company received $184,100, the largest grant awarded in the county by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The money will help the company outfit its more than 70 firefighters with new equipment, including breathing apparatus sets and personalized face pieces. The company will also buy a new compressor and high-tech rescue packs.
FEMA made about $750 million available to fire companies nationwide. The agency awarded the grants after a competitive application process.
The Pleasant Valley company will use a $23,000 grant to buy mapping and planning software.
Harney won $70,200, the second-largest of the five grants. It will buy a thermal imager and improve its system for charging tanks and storing breathing air.
The Union Bridge company will use its $61,131 to buy a second thermal imager, new hose equipment and an exhaust system for the firehouse.
A $66,375 grant will pay for 40 new sets of gear at the Winfield fire company.