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Firefighting News: San Francisco Loses Federal Grant for Fire Boat

The San Francisco Fire Department just lost a $7.8 million federal grant for the city's first new fire boat in 50 years because it didn't spend the money in time, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. In late 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency tentatively awarded the city a port security grant for a new boat -- provided it got some matching funds. It wasn't until January 2011, however, that FEMA signed off on the city's request to use a Chevron grant to help cover the costs. The catch was that, by then, the Fire Department had to have the boat built and ready to go within 2½ years. The first step was getting a design, a process that apparently had to be stopped when one of t...

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