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Ennis fire department receives $62,819 grant from FEMA

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ERIC CORNELISON
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ENNIS - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the first round of the fiscal year 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grants and the Ennis Fire Department Station number two received part of the money.

'Fire Station number two did receive $62,819 and will be utilizing the grant to purchase personal protective equipment for every firefighter and a machine that extracts the contaminants from the protective clothing,' said David Hopkins, Fire Chief of the Ennis Fire Department.

The ceremony was held at Fire Station number two on Friday, July 27.

'The ceremony marks the first round of the disbursement of grants of the program,' said Brad Cole, the FEMA spokesperson.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Joined at the ceremony was the Telico Volunteer Fire Department which received $204,250 which will be designated for vehicle acquisition.

The eligibility for these awards by both departments was by submitting a written application in which they had to state the need of their communities for the money and how the money would be spent.

According to a FEMA news release, the make-up of the community along with its size made a difference in determining which fire departments would receive the grant money.

A risk assessment of each community and the safety of firefighters where a contributing factor when determining what would happen if these communities did not receive the funds for the requested items.

The Telico fire department will use the funds from the grant to purchase a new fire engine which will replace the existing 1975 model they currently use.

The Ennis Fire Department will use its grant money to purchase a full set of protective clothing for each firefighter and a specialized machine that is used to clean the chemicals and smoke from a fire out of the suits, which will make them last longer.

Representatives from both Congressman Joe Barton's and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson's offices were also in attendance at the ceremony.

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