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Fire department gets grant

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Thanks to a $39,690 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, the Sterling Fire Department will be able to buy new turnout gear – the protective clothing firefighters wear.

“Much of the gear is 7 years old and is in very poor shape,” Sterling Fire Capt. Mike Dettman said. “With the city [in] the financial straits we’ve been in, we haven’t had the opportunity to purchase new gear.”

The sets cost $1,500 to $2,000 each, he said.

“It adds up quick,” Dettman said. “We’re hoping we’ll get 18 sets of turnout gear.”

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