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.