KEYSER - During the recent meeting of the Mineral County Commission, Jeremy Taylor, chief of the Fountain Fire Company, gave news of funding for $825,000 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through FEMA.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - During the recent meeting of the Mineral County Commission, Jeremy Taylor, chief of the Fountain Fire Company, gave news of funding for $825,000 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) through FEMA.
Taylor said the application for the grant was started about a year ago, and the funding will be used for a special operations vehicle.
He added, “Without the grant, Fountain Fire Company could never afford the vehicle.”
Taylor said that the specially-built vehicle will take close to a year for construction and will have the appearance of a fire truck, with a riding area for the crew members, storage compartment for such equipment as ropes and harnesses, and dressing area for the special outer suits to be worn by the crew.
He said the special operations vehicle will be used for, “swift water rescues, confined space rescue as in sewer systems and silos,” along with handling hazardous materials.
Taylor said the service area for the vehicle, besides Mineral County, will also be Allegany County, Maryland, and anywhere else needed.
He added that the Fountain Fire Company’s share of the funding will be $75,000, and he said in order to raise that amount, “We will have fundraising and receive donations.”
On behalf of the Fountain Fire Company, Taylor said about receiving the funding to build the special operations vehicle, “We are very excited about this.”