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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — Lawrence County fire departments received new life-saving equipment with a $400,000 grant from the state.

The Lawrence County Commission purchased 10 chest compression devices and defibrillators for the firefighters to use in life-threatening situations.

The Lawrence County Commission and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) distributed the new equipment to local fire departments on Tuesday.  

The money was made available through COVID-19 relief funding in a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that they received earlier this year.

The remaining money will go towards purchasing a mobile vaccination unit and a Ford F-250 truck to transport the vaccination unit.