Lanton Fire Department receives FEMA grant

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Lanton, Mo. Fire Department is the recipient of a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The four year grant allows LFD to provide incentive payments to volunteer firefighters. According to Chief Blake Bowers, the incentive pay will be based on the level of training, the number of calls responded to and ongoing training that firefighters have attended.

The $100,100.00 grant also allows LFD to provide an accidental death, dismemberment, and sickness insurance policy at no cost to the firefighters. Tuition assistance is available, along with covering part of the cost of workman's compensation insurance. This will be a welcome relief to the budget as workmans compensation insurance has doubled this year.

The grant does not cover any of the normal operating costs of the fire department such as fuel, electricity, maintenance and insurance.

Volunteers are being actively sought to join the department. Applicants must be 18 or older, live a reasonable distance to one of our two fire stations, and have a desire to serve the community.