NORTH YARMOUTH — The town’s Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded a nearly $197,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recruit and retain volunteers, according to Chief Ricky Plummer.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, funding also went to Ellsworth.

Plummer said most of the grant is geared toward trying to attract 10 new people. Much of the funding will go toward training. Other line items include uniforms and gear, physicals and incentives, such as length of service awards, he said.

The department currently has about 25 active volunteers, Plummer said.

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