It was awarded one of the highest federal emergency management grants in the nation. Firefighters will now be able to replace some outdated breathing apparatuses.
The city would have had to pay for that equipment in the next few years if the grant hadn't come through.
Fire Chief Larry Shifflett says, "We were reaching the end of the life of the equipment we now have. It's between 5 and 15 years old, and the manufacturer has stopped making the equipment we now use."
The Harrisonburg Fire Department still has to match 10 percent of the cost, but additional grants will take care of that $36,000.
Congress has been allocating more money to emergency personnel since September 11th to help fight terrorism.