Central Fire Department receives state, federal grants for equipment

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

CENTRAL — The Central Fire Department has been awarded federal and state grants of more than $200,000 to provide protective gear and breathing apparatuses for firefighters.

Elijah Reynolds, lieutenant for the Liberty Fire District and assistant coordinator for Pickens County Haz-Mat, and his brother, Central firefighter Isaiah Reynolds, applied for the grants.

Isaiah applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant headed up by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for breathing apparatuses. The fire department was awarded $182,000 of a $1.7 million countywide grant that purchased 26 air packs and required a $7,000 match from Central and a $9,000 match from the Pickens County portion of Central Rural Fire. Elijah, with assistance from State Rep. Jerry Carter of Clemson, applied for and received

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