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Southport fire department gets $66K for new equipment

Congressman Mike McIntyre was in town Tuesday to deliver a $66,500 check for the Southport Fire Dept. Congressman Mike McIntyre was in town Tuesday to deliver a $66,500 check for the Southport Fire Dept.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Firefighters in Southport will soon be better equipped to keep you and your home safe.

Congressman Mike McIntyre was in town Tuesday to deliver a $66,500 check for the Southport Fire Department.

The money comes from a $70,000 federal grant. The fire department has agreed to pay the additional difference of $3,500.

Fire Chief Greg Cumbee says the money will be used for operations and safety improvements including new equipment for firefighters.

The grant money will be used to purchase new turnout gear: including helmets, coats, pants, boots, gloves, and a hood to protect the face and neck.

According to Chief Cumbee, each set costs approximately $2,800.

Typically the fire department can only budget enough money to buy two sets per year. This grant will allow them to buy about 30 new sets.

Cumbee says the federal government keeps close tabs on grant money and will monitor their expenses over the next five years.

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