With wild fires already breaking out in the panhandle, the Potter County Fire department is looking to make their equipment more dependable.
Some of the counties oldest pieces of equipment are the supplies they use this most, their turn out gear - meaning their coats and pants, and their trucks.
While they will be asking for about 100 thousand dollars from the government. If they don't get the money, something has to give. Either the county or they will continue using equipment that is wearing out fast.
Potter Co. Chief Richard Lake, "most of the time the equipment we are looking at trying to get, we are just not going to be able to get with out the grant."
Applying for grants like this has actually saved the county thousands over the years.
Potter Co. Commissioner Joe Kirkwood says, "Of course the county is ultimately responsible to make sure they are adequately supplied, but when we can go ahead and get grants, it lifts the burden from tax payers. One just one fire truck there can be 10's of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, probably in the neighborhood of 90 thousand dollars on one fire truck. So it is always a challenge to find enough money to supply."
Chief Lake says it's so important to make sure equipment is dependable... Because the men and women working for the county are doing it on their own dime.
"Wwe only have three paid people. You know 99 percent of our function is handled by people who get no paycheck. So in order to have people work for you for free you have to provide them safe dependable equipment and you have to give them a means of comfort at the same time." Lake says.