During July and August, matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are distributed by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Forestry Division staff. The fire departments in Oregon County that received grants include BB Road, Koshkonong, Thayer, Thomasville and Rover.
According to local MDC official Mack Roberts, 197 fire departments across the state received checks up to $3,000.
The local fire departments will use the grant funds to purchase personal protective gear, and firefighting equipment for wildland fires as well as structure fires.
The total funding for fire departments this year across the state was $386,867.
MDC Forestry Field Program Supervisor Bill Altman said the fire departments are required to match these funds which are provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Roberts said the five fire departments in Oregon County received $4,000 combined.
Roberts said for the past 24 years his department has been distributing funds to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters and provide them with better firefighting equipment.
The fire departments receiving the grants have yet to determine what they will use the funds for.