St. John Valley

Eagle Lake Fire Department receives grant for new engine

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — The Eagle Lake Fire Department will soon have a new fire engine thanks to a $228,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant awarded to the town by FEMA.

Town Manager John Sutherland wrote the grant application with assistance from Fire Chief Rene St. Onge.

“This will help to replace one of Eagle Lake’s old fire trucks that is due for the bone yard,” St. Onge said. “This will be a huge help to the fire department in helping us keep the town safe.”

The Eagle Lake Fire Department currently consists of 13 volunteer firefighters who serve part of Wallagrass, all of Eagle Lake on both sides of the lake, and Winterville.

The firefighters work day jobs ranging from a nursing home cook to mill and woods workers, and health care professionals. 

The town is wasting no time moving ahead with plans to purchase the new engine. 

“We have met with a few representatives for different companies already and we have been in contact with several more and we plan on making a decision early next week,” St. Onge said on Thursday.

St. Onge added his appreciation for the efforts of Sutherland and the Eagle Lake Board of Selectpersons for their part in securing the grant, “and a big thank you to all the volunteer firemen.”

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