- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Five rural Maine fire departments will receive more than a half million dollars in federal money so they can buy equipment and improve training.

The money is from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The fire departments are located in Caribou, Fort Kent, Dixfield, Farmingdale and Aurora.

The largest grant is going to the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department in the amount of about $250,000.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency administers the grant program. The money can pay for operations and safety projects such as protective gear, fitness programs and professional training.

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