Two York County Fire Departments received federal grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency totaling more than $115,000, according to news releases from Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

Wrightsville Steam Fire Engine and Hose Company received more than $60,000, which Chief Chad Livelsberger said would go toward updating the department's hoses.

The new hoses, which Livelsberger said would be installed on all fire engines, will cut down on friction and be significantly lighter, making it easier for his team to clean up.

Livelsberger said it was the third or fourth time his department had received a federal grant.

The Goodwill Fire Company of York Township received more than $54,000, which Chief Nate Tracey said would go toward installing a new exhaust extraction system in the engine room. The system will help clear exhaust contaminants out of the building quicker, which Tracey said would be particularly helpful during the winter.

Tracey said his department has applied for this grant several times in the past, but this is the first time it has received the funding.

The funds are awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which has been around since 2001.

"Financially, (the program) helps keep (a lot of) departments' heads above water," Tracey said. "The grants help pay for things that would normally have to use out-of-pocket money."

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