ROVER VFD: Rover Volunteer Fire Department Chief Glen Trantham, right, receives a grant check for $1,430 to buy new radios for the VFD. Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Assistant Bert Kernodle presented the check.
OREGON COUNTY -- During July and August matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments across the state are distributed by the Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff.
The BB Road Volunteer Fire Department and the Rover Volunteer Fire Department are two of the 179 fire departments across the state that received such funds.
According to MDC Resource technician Mack Roberts, the fire departments each received up to $3,000 to help with the purchase of personal protective gear and fire fighting equipment. He said the total amount of the grants amounted to $373,230.
The BB Road VFD received $3,000 and the Rover VFD received $1,430. BB Road Fire Chief Edgar Wilson said the grant funds will be used toward the purchase of a brush truck. Rover VFD Fire Chief Glen Trantham said his department will use the grant to buy new radios.
Roberts said the fire departments are required to match the funds which are provided by the U.S. Forest Service and MDC.