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Rural fire departments await end of shutdown

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Rural fire departments waiting on grants are left in limbo thanks to the government shutdown.

Tri-Township Fire Department just outside of Quincy has received six grants in the past ten years, including an entire fire engine.

While they aren't currently waiting on any grants, they say the programs geared towards helping departments like theirs came about in the wake of 9/11, and are sorely needed.

"This fire truck here is about $230,000--it's a pumper tanker," said Assistant Chief Darren Smith.  "It replaced a 1977 gas motor tanker that was pretty unsafe."

Even if the shutdown only lasts a short period of time, experts say the government grant processes could face significant delays.

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