Fire departments land Forest Service grants

From Local Sources

Six local fire departments are among rural and volunteer fire departments from 46 counties splitting a total of $297,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The grants, announced by Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director Cameron Clark, are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

DNR Forestry staff reviewed grant applications and selected recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.

The grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The awarded grants range from $1,500 to $5,000 and were given to 71 departments.

Local departments benefitting are:

• Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, $4,975, water handling.

• Dubois Volunteer Fire Department, $4,413, safety.

• Ireland/Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department, $2,813, water handling.

• St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department, $4,329, radios.

• Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Otwell, $5,000, safety.

• Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000, safety.

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