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Crouse receives grant

CROUSE — A local fire department recently received a federal grant to purchase a badly needed tanker.
Crouse Volunteer Fire Department, whose district includes parts of Lincoln and Gaston counties, got a $201,600 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, which is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The program administers grants to fire departments throughout the United States, said Milton Sain, the department’s chief.
Crouse will use its grant to purchase a new pumper-tanker, Sain said.
“This truck will replace an existing unit we have that is becoming obsolete,” Sain said.
The department’s current tanker is 27 years old and rusted, Sain said. There’s also an 18 inch crack in the wall of the tank.
“I’m very happy. We’re definitely in need,” Sain said. “We didn’t realize how bad in need we were until we started doing preventative maintenance. It sort of lit a new fire under us.”
The new pumper tanker will cost about $208,000, and the department will purchase an additional $20,000 worth of equipment to go on it, Sain said.
The 30-member volunteer department currently has two engines, a tanker, a squad truck and a brush truck.
Sain said the new pumper tanker will help improve the department’s service to its district. It should be delivered near the end of February.
“It will definitely be a benefit to our community and the neighboring communities,” he said.by Alice Smith

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