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 Fire Department Lands Sizable Federal Grant

August 22, 2007 - For the second year in a row, the Knightstown Volunteer Fire Department has obtained a sizable grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The KVFD was awarded a $238,500 Assistance to Firefighters grant on August 3. The money will be used to purchase a new pumper tanker trunk that will replace a 1975 model currently in use.

"This is great," Eric McDaniel, the KVFD's secretary-treasurer, told The Banner on Tuesday. "This will be quite an addition to the department, and will help us meet an emergency need."

McDaniel, who did much of work on the grant application, said the new truck will hold five firefighters - three more than the current pumper tanker does. It's water storage capacity will be 1,800 gallons, the same as the 1975 truck.

Last year, McDaniels helped the KVFD obtain a $140,000 grant through the same DHS program. Those funds were used to purchase new turnout gear for the department's 26 members and some other items for the new fire station.

Fire Chief Bob Schaeffer announced the latest grant award during his monthly report at last Wednesday's town council monthly meeting. He also advised the council that the department will be required to provide $11,925 in matching funds.

While the department has 12 months to use the money, Schaeffer told the council it will likely take eight to 10 months for the new truck to be built. He said he hopes that a vendor will be chosen by the end of September, and a legal notice published in this week's Banner says that bids for the truck will be opened September 20.

Once the department receives the new truck, McDaniel said the older one will be taken out of service. He said it's possible the KVFD will attempt to sell the 1975 truck, but, at this time, he said no definite plans have been made.

 

 

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