BRIEF: Memphis fire department to get federally funded 'counterterrorism' fire boat
Mar 05, 2013 (The Commercial Appeal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
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Technically, it's being called a "counterterrorism boat," but practically speaking, the Memphis Fire Department is getting a federal grant for about $1.6 million to buy its first firefighting boat.
The City Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday quickly approved accepting a $1,607,178 from the Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals 2011 Port Security Grant Program.
The federal dollars are being passed to the fire department to buy a fire boat capable of attacking fires from the water at the city's ports, said Alvin Benson, the city's director of Fire Services.
"We don't have one already " asked council member Harold Collins.
Benson said Memphis has no fire boat. With the federal grant, the fire department is expected to purchase one with a year-and-a-half.
Because the grant is funded with federal dollars form 2011, Benson said it isn't expected to be caught up in automatic federal budget cuts.
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