Durant fire department awarded FEMA grant

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) Durant will see a shiny, red addition to the fire department.

The Durant fire department got a grant from FEMA.

They applied last year to purchase a 95-foot aerial engine which costs about $1 million.

The grant will cover over $950,000 toward the cost of the truck. The department will have to come up with $47,000.

Durant fire chief, Roger Joines, shares why this grant is a big deal.

"Well for one thing our fleet is getting pretty old, so this comes at a great time. It's really going to benefit the citizens, the businesses, and it's going to be a safety factor for all involved," says Joines.

This past year, FEMA approved similar grants for 153 departments around the country.