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Published October 09, 2009, 03:56 PM

Finley Fire Department Receives Grant

The Finley fire department has received its share of a 217-thousand dollar FEMA grant to help recruit some badly needed volunteer fire fighters.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

The Finley fire department has received its share of a 217-thousand dollar FEMA grant to help recruit some badly needed volunteer fire fighters.

The "SAFER" or "staffing for adequate fire and emergency response" is a grant from the department of homeland security.

In total, just over 217,000 dollars will be awarded to 7 counties including Steele, Wells, Fosterm, Nelson, Trail, Griggs and Eddy.

The money will be used to advertise, recruit and replace the aging crews that many counties have now.

Earl Pomeroy: "There aren't as many young people out in our rural areas and people don' t step forward and participate in community events and volunteer opportunities like was 20 or thirty years ago. So we really need to get out there and make it happen that's what this grant is going to do."

The grant will also help to improve some fire departments, emergency medical services and help with training.

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