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Grant enhances firefighting techniques

Valdosta - A South Georgia fire department is getting big bucks to enhance its firefighting techniques.

The Valdosta Fire Department got a $122,000 grant from the Office of Domestic Preparedness. They'll use the money to buy new HAZMAT gear and a Specometer, a device that detects the type of gas used in a terrorist attack.

They'll also be getting a thermal imaging camera and new breathing apparatuses. "Citizens will know that we've got the capability to handle almost any type of situation that may happen in our area and that's going to make them sleep better at night," said Chief J.D. Rice.

The fire department has already ordered the new equipment and expects to receive it in a few weeks.

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