- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The federal government is giving nearly $435,000 to the Maine Fire Service Institute to purchase a live-fire training trailer.

The institute is based out of Southern Maine Community College and will receive $434,783 through the federal Assistant to Firefighters Grant Program. Fire service institute deputy director Jim Graves says the trailer is a portable burn building that simulates fire scenarios. The institute will use it to host regional trainings around the state.

U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree says the trailer will help the institute “transport this critical piece of equipment to firefighters in far corners of Maine who might not be able to access a training facility.”

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