Fire departments awarded grants

By Herald Staff

Several local volunteer fire departments have been awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Bortner announced Thursday.

More than 70 rural and volunteer fire departments from 46 counties were awarded more than $319,000.

The awards will be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Recipients were selected based on population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. As in past years, emphasis was given to projects that involve the fighting of wildfires.

The awarded grants range from $1,590 to $5,000 and were given to 73 departments.

Dubois County fire departments receiving the grants in 2021 are:

• Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, $4,975 to be used for water handling.

• Dubois Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $4,224.50 to be used for safety.

• Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department, $4,577 to be used for communication.

• St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $4,200 to be used for safety.

Pike County fire departments receiving the grants in 2021 are:

• Jefferson Township Pike Co. Ind. Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to be used for safety.

• Patoka Township Volunteer Fire Department, $4,260.00 to be used for wildland.

• Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to be used for safety.

Spencer County fire departments receiving the grants in 2021 are:

• Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department Inc., $5,000 to be used for safety.

• Santa Claus Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to be used for safety.




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