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Mariposa awarded FEMA firefighting grant

Mariposa officials said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $332,583 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Mariposa County Fire Department.

The grant will be used to buy structures, wild land and EMS personal protective equipment as well as laundry and drying machines to clean them. It will also buy emergency alert pagers to notify volunteer members of an emergency-call-for-service.

Nationally, the AFG awards, which will be distributed in phases, will ultimately provide about $490 million to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations throughout the country.

The full list of Fiscal Year 2008 AFG recipients and other information are posted at www.firegrantsupport.com.

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