LOGAN TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY - A couple of Blair County fire companies in the region accepted state money Friday for equipment upgrades.
The Altoona Fire Department and volunteer firefighters from Logan Township will share the $60,000 grant.
They plan on buying portable radios, breathing apparatus, defibrillator devices, and other equipment.
"It's not only benefiting the local fire departments," said Lakemont Fire Chief Tom Sral, "but it's benefiting the community because it's money we'd have to raise in different ways."
Firefighters said to buy the equipment without the grant, the volunteer companies would have to hold community fundraisers and the city department would have to cut other items from its budget.