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April 18, 2013

Fire department lands FEMA funds

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Fire Department soon will receive $49,500 in grant money to help strengthen the health and safety of its members.

The city fire company will acquire the funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The local fire department must contribute 10 percent in matching funds.

“We’re very fortunate,” fire Chief Anthony Kovacic said. “The federal money is very difficult to get.”

The funds will be used to purchase a breathing air compressor and two extractors.

The compressor will be used to fill firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatuses.

The extractors will remove contaminants from turnout gear. The fire department has only one extractor, which is located at its downtown station in the Public Safety Building. The new extractors will be used at stations in Hornerstown and the West End.

“It helps offset our capital costs as we try to go out and look for items,” Kovacic said.

When announcing the grant, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said, “This money will help provide Cambria County’s firefighters with the resources they need to ensure their safety and the safety of those they serve.”

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