The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Defense has some good news for some Valley fire departments.
The federal agency has awarded money two three local fire companies: Augusta County Fire & Rescue, Harrisonburg Hose Co. No. 4, and the Singers Glen Volunteer Fire Dept.
Augusta County Fire & Rescue is getting $35,000 to pay for a new high-pressure compressor to fill air tanks.
The county's current compressor is almost 20 years old. The new one will make work more efficient for departments throughout the area.
"It's for the whole county. Any department that needs it," Lt. Bryan Mace said Thursday. "Staunton and Waynesboro have them, but in the event that theirs go down, we are a backup to those two agencies."
The new compressor will also be a better match for the county's new high-pressure breathing tanks, purchased last year.
Harrisonburg Hose Co. No. 4 is getting $157,500 for a new fire-fighting vehicle. The Singers Glen Volunteer Fire Dept. will receive $95,328, for operations and fire safety.