Craig Fire receives $71K grant |

Craig Fire receives $71K grant

Local fire crews will have better communication equipment in the coming months because of a recent grant from the federal government.

Craig Rural Fire Protection District recently received a $71,250 grant for communications equipment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Sec–urity.

Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols said this was the fourth time the department had asked for a grant from Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The previous three times, the department was denied.

“We weren’t really anticipating receiving the grant,” Nichols said.

The grant requested funding for communications equipment.

The department is reviewing its options for what communications equipment to buy, Nichols said.

The new equipment will improve a variety of the department’s communication needs, including communication with other agencies, he said.

The grant for Craig Fire/Rescue was one of 169 grants totaling $15.4 million the federal government has given to fire departments across the nation in its latest round.

The department will issue more than 5,000 grants this year totaling $600 million.

Homeland Security’s office of grants and training provides funding and training to emergency responders across the county.

The department is charged with coordinating preparedness efforts with federal and local agencies.

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