The Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff have been handing out matching grants to rural fire departments throughout Missouri during the months of June, July and August. Fire departments will use these grants to purchase protective gear and fire fighting equipment to better protect fire fighters in the field and contain fires. Several Oregon County rural fire departments received these grants.
The grants given out cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project cost or $3,000.
Alton Rural Volunteer Fire Department received a grant of $2,696.50 to pay for a portion of the cost of eight pagers with chargers, batteries and cases and a pump. The total project cost was $5,478.
BB Road Volunteer Fire Department bought six BP pumps and six sets of wildland pants and coats for $2,666. The grant they received was for $1,281.
Thayer Rural Fire Department had a total project cost of $6,558. The department bought two mobile radios, a hooligan tool, six BP pumps and 20 pairs of wildland gloves. The grant they received was for $3,000.
A total of 177 grants up to $3,000 each will be given to fire departments across the state. The total amount of grants awarded this year is $381,159. About $5,530,844 has been distributed to rural fire departments through the U.S. Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation within the last 27 years.