The was the only station in Anne Arundel County to receive a fire assistance grant to ensure they have the tools "to better fight wildfires," according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The DNR gave grants to 37 volunteer fire departments across the state this year to help fund projects in 15 counties. The Ferndale fire station received the maximum grant provided per department: $3,000 towards a project estimated to cost $7,892.
“These grants help the departments purchase much needed wildland fire equipment that they may otherwise not be able to afford,” said DNR State Fire Supervisor Monte Mitchell in a news release. “The new gear will help them safely and more effectively protect their communities from wildfires.”
According to the DNR, the grants will help provide protective gear, Class A foam and upgraded radio communications equipment as well as equipment for brush trucks, engines and tankers.