HOWLAND – The local fire department will see their money reach further this year after being awarded a $2,297 grant.

On Monday, Fire Chief Josh McNally said his department was selected by the Maine Fire Chief Association’s Forestry Committee’s matching grant. The funds will help offset the cost of 10 containers of foam, coats, pants, a chainsaw, four sections of hose and four radios.

“We put in for it every year,” McNally said during an interview. “It is a matching grant and helps the taxpayer money go further.

The total cost of the needed equipment is $4,595.

Howland was one of 89 departments to apply for the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant money.

The town’s fire department was notified it would be receiving the funds this past December.

February has already proven to be a steady month for the local fire and ambulance service. McNally said that his team has responded to 36 ambulance calls and two fire calls since February 3. One of the calls included a car crash on the LaGrange Road on Thursday, February 6.

“No one was transported (to the hospital,” McNally said. “We stayed to assist with traffic control.”

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