The Castine Fire and Rescue Department has been searching for a new tanker and funds for the better part of the last year, and the department just received a grant that will pay for all but $15,000 of it, reports Castine Patriot.
The grant is a FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant, and is one that the Castine department applies for annually, to help fund various items. This year, the focus for the grant was the replacement of out-of-date fire apparatus over 25 years old.
Gutow completed the application in the fall of 2018, for a grant total of $300,000, with a 5 percent contribution from the municipality. The application was accepted, and the fire department will receive $285,000 from FEMA. The town will be responsible for the remaining cost.