Monette receives grant for local firefighters.

Monette receives grant for local firefighters.

MONETTE, AR (KAIT) - The Monette firefighters will soon sport new handheld radios.

According to Mayor Jerry "Chubbs" Qualls, the Economic Development Commission granted the city $7,500.

The city will match the grant 50/50 to provide the radios to 21 volunteer firefighters.

Qualls said the department has needed them for a while because the current equipment is outdated.

There have been communication issues that Qualls said could have been a dangerous situation.

"Communication is everything and this is really going to be an asset to the boys working at the fire department," Qualls said.

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