2012-08-14 / Front Page

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Are Announced

Rural and volunteer fire departments from 39 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $242,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry’s Fire Control Headquarters and are made available through the USDA Forest Service.

DNR staff members review grant applications and select recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters and other parameters, with a focus toward protecting the state’s wildlands.

VFA grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and personal protective gear. The grants awarded range from $265 to $5,000 and were given to 61 fire departments.

Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grants should contact Crystal M. Hunt, program coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN 46151, or call (765) 342-4701.

Local departments receiving grants include:

•Monroe Twp. FD 55009, in Morgan County, $5,000 for Wildland project

•Washington Twp FD, in Morgan County, $5,000 for Wildland project

•Franklin Twp VFD, in Owen County, $5,000 for Safety project

•Gosport VFD, in Owen County, $1,833 for Radios project

•Owen Valley VFD, in Owen County, $3,786 for Wildland project

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