31-year-old fire truck in Shillington to be replaced, thanks to grant

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Published: Jun 14 2013 04:04:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 14 2013 06:11:30 PM EDT

A federal grant will allow the Keystone Fire Company No. 1 of Shillington to put a new set of wheels on the street.

The fire company will use the $427,500, awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to buy a new fire engine that will replace a 1982 truck.

"The new engine will provide improved firefighter safety by allowing all personnel to ride inside of the vehicle, provide versatility in emergency operations, and allow for more efficient use of space and equipment," said Asst. Chief Robert Knouse Jr., Keystone Fire Co. No. 1 of Shillington.

The fire company is currently working to determine what kind of truck it needs and the grant allows.