A member of the South Sumter family has been pulled for award by the Department of Homeland Security for their 2010 grant.  This grant will purchase much needed bunker gear as well as new self contained breathing apparatuses and hose.  This will allow the department to replace the equipment that is currently in service with new equipment and remove quite a bit of hose that has been in service for some time.  The grant received by the Ward department brings the three year grant total in the South Sumter area to $718.000.00 in federal grant money.  In addition to the 201o grant for equipment, Ward also will be receiving a new tanker within the next few weeks thanks to the 2009 grant that was award earlier this year.  A full listing of grants and what was purchased with the money will be made later in the month.  The quality of service offered by the departments in South Sumter has been greatly impacted by the money we have received form these much needed grants.