Limestone is one of three Maine fire departments that will receive almost $600,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for equipment and training. 

The fire departments are located in Gardiner, Limestone and Scarborough. The money is from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program that is administered by FEMA. The program benefits fire departments and emergency medical service organizations.

Limestone Volunteer Fire Department

The money could also pay for resources such as protective gear and emergency vehicles.

Gardiner will receive more than $333,000, Limestone will get $120,000 and Scarborough will receive more than $118,000.

Limestone Volunteer Fire Department will use the $120,000 to purchase new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses to replace aging units.

SCBA, sometimes referred to as a compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA), or breathing apparatus (BA), is a device worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air in an "Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health" atmosphere (IDLH).

An SCBA typically consists of a high-pressure tank, a pressure regulator, and an inhalation connection connected together and mounted to a carrying frame.


Gardiner’s share, $333,334, will help pay for an engine that will replace one that’s nearly 30 years old.

Scarborough will receive a $118,547 Regional Request grant for new equipment.