Valley fire chiefs unite

HARLINGEN — Cameron County’s fire departments are teaming up.

Yesterday, fire chiefs from across the county met to start the Cameron County Fire Chief’s Association.

The organization will help unite the county’s fire departments to afford them a better opportunity of winning grant money.

Officials want to use grant money to fund development of a county training center next to Harlingen’s Emergency Operations Center off FM 509.

“This is a big push by the fire chiefs in Cameron County,” Harlingen Fire Chief Roy Rubio said after the new association’s meeting.

The organization is expected to help the county earn grant money for projects such as a regional training center, Juan Martinez, a county deputy emergency management coordinator, told the audience of about 16 officials.

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