Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company secures federal loan

Funds will pay for improvements and expansion

August 16, 2012|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company will use a $3.6 million loan from theU.S. Department of AgricultureRural Development program to expand and renovate its facility in northern Baltimore County.

Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the funding Thursday.

The company, which serves a predominantly rural area, will use the money to update outdated mechanical and electrical systems, replace the deteriorating roof and increase living and classroom facilities for its volunteers. The additional space at the Bellvue Avenue location will also provide emergency shelter for the community during disasters.

The Rural Development grant program helps support essential services and infrastructure improvements, and promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools.

Kingsville has, in the recent past, received grants totaling $340,000 to purchase a new fire engine and turn-out gear. Baltimore County Fire Departments have been awarded more than $9 million in grants from theU.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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