The Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, which this week suffered the loss of one of its engines in a fire that also damaged its hall on Wilson-Cambria Road, has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Wednesday that a $70,300 grant will be awarded to the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company through the 2008 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The fire company lost more than $1 million worth of equipment when its engine pumper caught fire while parked at the hall.

Two other trucks and an ambulance were damaged in the fire, and the garage suffered damage, as well.

Schumer said this grant will help the company purchase new equipment and resources.

Since 2004, with the 2008 awards, the grant program has provided a total of almost $2.75 billion to first-responder organizations across the country to purchase response equipment, personal protective equipment, and vehicles.

The grant for the Cambria emergency response program is part of round 25 of the grant program announcements.

The grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the departments U.S. Fire Administration.

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