FEMA grant nearly covers vehicle cost

KEYSER, W.Va. — Fountain Volunteer Fire Department has received a grant to purchase a new emergency operations vehicle.

Sheriff Jeremy Taylor, who also serves as chief of the Fountain department, made the announcement during a meeting of the Mineral County Commission on Tuesday.

The purchase price of the vehicle is “roughly $826,000,” Taylor said during an interview following the meeting.

The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is for $751,000.

“Fountain fire department has to come up with the additional $75,000,” Taylor said.

The vehicle will be used to haul equipment to be used in emergencies that involve closed confinement, rope and swift water rescue, vehicle accidents or hazardous materials.

The equipment is currently loaded onto whatever vehicle is responding to the emergency, Taylor said.

“We have all the equipment, but need a vehicle to put it in,” he said.

The new vehicle, called a squad or heavy rescue truck, resembles a recreational vehicle and has a cab with space for six to eight personnel. The truck has a compartment where personnel can change into special gear.

“It’s like an oversized tool box,” Taylor said.

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