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Grant Funds Provide New Fire Equipment
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Applying for a grant a few years ago has finally paid off ... with the delivery of some topnotch equipment to the Escalon Consolidated Fire Protection District.

Three representatives of the Stockton Fire Department, Deputy Chief Ray Call, Resource Officer Capt. Sharlene Brown and Matt Duaime were in Escalon this past week, making the special delivery.

Through the grant, Escalon received tools including a Hurst power plant to operate hydraulic rescue tools, Mach II cutters, spreaders and Caldo mini torches, a rescue torch that can cut through metal.

The grant was awarded through the Office of Traffic Safety and facilitated by Stockton Fire.

"They invited county agencies to participate," explained Escalon Assistant Fire Chief Terry Pinheiro. "They were successful and this is what we got out of it."

Duaime said only a handful of departments in the county responded to the Stockton fire invitation to participate in the grant application, but all those that did received some equipment. Farmington Fire Department also took part in the grant process, getting delivery of their items this past week as well.

Value of Escalon's equipment was placed at more than $21,000.

"The total grant was right in the neighborhood of $298,000," Duaime added. "This was a cooperative effort countywide."

Farmington received rescue equipment; Linden and Lodi also took part and received equipment and supplies.