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Simpsonville F. D. gets Homeland Security grant

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By Walt Reichert

Recently, Simpsonville Fire Chief Walter Jones had 30 sets of his firefighters' gear sent off and tested.

"They told us we had one good coat," Jones said.

A federal grant of just over $77,000 announced by Congressman Ron Lewis's office last week should fix that. The department will use $48,000 of the grant for new coats and pants that firefighters call turnout gear. A complete set, including helmet and boots, costs about $2,000 each.

The department will spend the rest of the money on hand-held radio equipment.


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