Crookston Firefighters Association awarded $165,138 FEMA grant

Times Report

    Crookston was recently selected among ten Minnesota fire departments to receive funding from a federal grant totaling more than $1.4 million. The “Assistance to Firefighters” grants are awarded to departments across the country to help with emergency response needs.

    Crookston Fire will be using the $165,138 they received from the grant to replace outdated air packs and expiring air tanks.

    “The FEMA grant we received will cover 90 percent of the cost or the complete replacement of our air packs and masks, or SCBAs (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus),” said the Crookston Firefighters Association in a release.

    The CFA noted that their upcoming Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, that will be held Friday, August 21 from 6-10 a.m. at the fire hall at 620 South Main Street, will use its proceeds to help pay for the approximately $18,000 needed after the grant for equipment.

    Other fire departments who received grant money include Shakopee, Mound, Freeport, Red Wing, Arlington, Bemidji, Wood Lake, Lake Henry, and Cloquet.