Almarante Fire District to display new equipment, celebrate 30th anniversary


This 1992 fire engine, acquired from the Ocean City-Wright Fire Control District in Fort Walton Beach, will be one of four emergency fire vehicles on display during the Almarante Fire District's July 26 open house.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 05:16 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Almarante Fire District volunteers are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a July 26 open house.

Attendees can enjoy free food, including hamburgers and hotdogs at no charge, although donations are requested.

After munching, they can see some of the volunteer fire department's recent additions.  

“We just hit the lottery,” said Mack Wilkins, fire district commissioner. “This department is more prepared than it has ever, ever been.”

The department will unveil 14 new turnout gear PPE, or personal protective equipment, awarded through FEMA.

Chief Charles Carroll filed for the grant in November, which allowed the department to pay just $11,000 for equipment that cost over $112,000.

If maintained properly, the new gear — including new helmets, turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses — will last for nearly a decade.

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