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Rural VFD's get grants

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pictured are Bart Kernodle (left), with the Missouri Department Of Conservation, and Mark Arnold, Fire Chief with the Thayer Rural Fire Department. [Order this photo]
Summer matching fund grant checks are being distributed to rural fire departments by the Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff. 180 fire departments will be receiving checks of up to $3,000, to help with the purchase of personal protective gear, and firefighting equiptment, for wildfire and structure fires.

The Thomasville VFD in Birch Tree received $1,643 towards the purchase of five portable radios, one leaf blower, one pump for its brush truck and a Garmin GPS.

In Thayer, that department received a check for $2,505 to assist with the cost of four new handheld radios, a light stick, a smoke ejector fan, one bunker gear set, two 2-1/2" hoses, one hose strainer, two fire pumps and four Garmin GPS units.

The total funding for fire department matching grants this year is $371,101. Fire Departments are required to match these funds. During the last 29 years, nearly $6,653,794 has been distributed to Rural Fire Departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters, and provide better firefighting equipment.

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