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JEMS announce major grant award

In addition to its grant activity, the squad will continue to address a handful of other issues in 2009 including recruitment, vehicle replacement, and squad housing.

"One of my leadership goals is to keep recruiting in the forefront of our members thoughts," Bergman added. "It's an important aspect of our need. We have too few people working too many hours right now."

In 2009 the squad will begin to consider the purchase of a new ambulance to replace one unit among its aging fleet. They hope to obtain grant money toward the investment but realize that the current economic conditions are not favorable.

Earlier this year several issues came to light regarding the squad's headquarters in a renovated portion of the town's "Scout Hall" in Johnsburg. As the squad has grown and State requirements become more stringent - the building has proven to be inadequate for their future needs.

"While we have not formally announced it yet, we will be embarking on a capital campaign to build a new building," Bergman concluded. "Our current facility is woefully inadequate and we are exploring several options."

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