Ahmeek’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has won a sought-after grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Captain and Administrator Michael Defina says that the department only gets money through the efforts of its members, which makes the nearly $214,000 coming its way a true lifeline.
Defina talks about the equipment the grant will help his department purchase.
Defina says it doesn’t plug every hole in the budget, though. They still need help buying a new rescue truck. It’s total cost comes to over $221,000. Defina says if funds can’t be secured members of the department will have to take out a loan, using personal property as collateral.