CARTHAGE – A grant application filled out at a safety workshop has resulted in the Carthage Fire Department receiving some needed funds.

Chief Ken Flagg said he hasn’t applied for anything for years, but when he did earlier this year, he was successful.

The town received word Monday that it will receive a $2,000 Safety Enhancement Grant from the Maine Municipal Association.

“We feel really good about it,” said Flagg, chief of the 15-member volunteer fire department for the past 30 years.

The funds will be used to ensure safety during auto accidents and other incidents for the department’s members.

Flagg was preparing to make out the order Monday afternoon. The money will buy 20 traffic cones, four stop and slow traffic paddles, 15 florescent orange safety vests, two detour signs and two “emergency scene ahead” signs.

Flagg said he decided to apply for the funding after attending an Occupational Safety and Health Administration traffic safety workshop.The paperwork was available at the workshop so he took advantage of it.

According to a statement from the Maine Municipal Association, the organization received 147 applications for the $128,202 awarded.

Another round of applications will be reviewed in October.


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