The Slagle-Harrietta Fire Department received help from a United States Department of Agriculture grant to purchase new radio equipment.
Since January, Wexford County has been running on an 800 megahertz system, which first responders had to make the switch from the high-band system that was utilized in the county. While the transition was slow leading up to the countywide switch, it left many of the county's smaller fire departments having to make the upgrades to an 800 MHz system.
One such department was the Slagle-Harrietta Fire Department.
Fire Department Board Secretary/Treasurer Carol Hasse said the department recently was notified it was awarded a grant from the USDA to go toward the purchase of the 800 MHz radios and pagers.