Carroll County fire company wins FEMA grant

New Windsor receives $149,895 from U.S. agency

August 16, 2004|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

The New Windsor Fire and Hose Company No. 1 has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that will pay most of the cost of a back-up generator and sprinkler system in its new fire station.

The generator is important because "the New Windsor fire hall could be used by the community in an emergency ... as a shelter," said Neal Roop, 46, a town councilman and a member of the fire company for 29 years.

Roop did the paperwork for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant awarded by FEMA, which became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last year. The application was submitted in May, and the company was notified of the award Aug. 6, he said.

The $149,895 grant will pay 90 percent of the $166,550 cost of a sprinkler system and a back-up generator, Roop said. The company must pay the rest.

New Windsor was the only county fire company to receive a FEMA grant this year, although several companies applied, said Leon M. Fleming, the liaison to Carroll County government for the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association.

He said several companies in Carroll have received grants since the program began.

"The Assistance to Firefighters is a great program," Fleming said. "It gives the departments funding they cannot get from county government or fund-raising."

"Presidents Bush and Clinton have increased it every year," he said. "Senator [Barbara A.] Mikulski has helped us out a lot on this - called and let us know about grants, written letters of support for our grants we put in for."

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