Farmingdale’s fire department received a grant for more than $68,000 as part of a federal assistance program, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced Monday.

Chief Dana Mealey said the department will use the money for new air packs, replacing ones that are more than 14 years old.

The Farmingdale department was one of five in Maine to receive a combined $551,431 in funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

“The AFG program is a crucial source of support for the brave men and women of fire departments across Maine who protect our communities,” said Collins and King in a joint release. “This investment will help these fire departments acquire equipment and increase training to help keep our emergency responders healthy and safe.”

The other departments include Caribou Fire and Ambulance, $253,334; Fort Kent Fire Department, $121,715; Dixfield Fire Company, $89,143 and Aurora Volunteer Fire Department, $18,667.

The funds are for operations and safety projects, including professional training, equipment for wellness and fitness programs, personal protective equipment, modifications to facilities and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety.

The program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security.

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