Water Witch Hose fire company of New Milford is one of just two recipients of a $10,000 grant. 134 fire departments nationwide applied for the funding from CHEMTREC. A fire company in Tennessee was the other recipient of the National Volunteer Fire Council HELP Award. The funds are intended to help the fire departments enhance their response capabilities and increase local preparedness to hazardous materials incidents. To be eligible for the award, departments must bee all or mostly volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less and have an annual revenue of less than 250-thousand dollars. The application essay must describe the equipment, resources, and/or training the department would purchase or attend to increase their response capabilities for hazardous materials incidents.