WOODSTOCK – Braving bad weather Tuesday, a small group of voters attending a special town meeting accepted a $43,000 U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.

Voters also approved using $2,295 from the town’s capital equipment account to cover the town’s share, which is a required match for the funds.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield said the money will be used to upgrade the Fire Department’s personal protection equipment to keep it in compliance with the Federal Fire Protection Act.

During the meeting, fire Chief Geff Inman and his crew were praised for the hours of work in the grant application process.

With community approval given, the grant money will be forwarded and orders will be placed for the equipment.

“This is a great help to the town and helps further guarantee a high level of safety for the people of Woodstock,” Maxfield said.


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