- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sixteen Mississippi fire departments will share in $1.4 million to acquire new equipment and train their firefighters.

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says in a news release the grants come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration.

The grants are going to fire departments in the cities of Greenville, $268,864; Natchez, $147,191; Mathiston, $97,715; Laurel, $85,932; Brandon, $40,910; and Hattiesburg, $25,662.

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Others are Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department in Oxford, $232,228; Oktibbeha County District #5 Volunteer Fire Department in Starkville, $174,419; Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department in Laurel $70,858; Longtown Fire Department in Crenshaw, $69,779; Pope Volunteer Fire Department, $59,872.

Myrtle Volunteer Fire Department, $44,762; Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department, $42,667; Mount Olivet Fire Department in Batesville $39,155; Metcalfe Volunteer Fire Department, $24,953; and Mt. Olive Volunteer Fire and Rescue, $24,953.

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