Longwood Fire Co. gets grant for equipment

Longwood Fire Company has announced that it received a $19,200 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to improve equipment.

“We’ll use the grant to replace our gear extractor which cleans and decontaminates our personal protective equipment,” Chief A. J. McCarthy said in a press release. “We’re also adding a gear-drying system to the firehouse to allow a quicker turnaround when cleaning our personal protective equipment.”

Each year Longwood does a risk assessment to prioritize the needs of the fire company and seeks money through the Fire Act Grant program. Since 2014, Longwood has secured more than $400,000 grants from the program, the release said.

“These grants allow us to lessen the financial burden on our community and residents,” McCarthy said in the release. “Our municipal and private donations don’t cover the costs of the services we provide.”

Longwood Fire Company has served the communities of Kennett, East Marlborough, Pennsbury and Pocopson townships since 1921. Longwood Fire Company provides fire and rescue and emergency medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information see www.longwoodfireco.com.


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