Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on June 1, 2016 announced two federal Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) worth $552,211 to purchase firefighting equipment in Maine. The Sanford Fire Department will receive a grant to replace an aging pumper truck and the Maine Fire Service Institute will use funding to purchase equipment for a mobile training unit used around the state.“Maine firefighters depend on having the right equipment and training to protect the people they serve as well as themselves. Tight municipal budgets, however, often make it difficult for them to get what they need,” Pingree said. “I’m very glad these federal grants will help fill that gap and support local firefighters in their very important work of keeping our communities safe.”The Sanford Fire Department will receive $301,819 to replace a pumper engine that is 31 years old.The Maine Fire Service Institute will receive $250,392 for firefighting equipment, breathing apparatus, and protective clothing (also called “turnout gear”) to go with a mobile live-fire training trailer. Funded by a previous AFG grant, the trailer will be used for regional fire trainings throughout the state.