Nearly four dozen rural and volunteer fire departments throughout the state will share close to $200,000 in funding. The grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service will fund training efforts, hydrant installation and equipment purchases. August 21, 2014

News Release

STATEWIDE – Rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $194,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the USDA Forest Service. DNR Forestry staff reviews grant applications and selects recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.

As in past years past, the Wildland Fire category was again highlighted, with departments purchasing equipment and gear to combat wildland fires.

Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and personal protective gear in an effort to increase firefighting capacity and personnel safety.

Grants awarded ranged from $969 to $5,000, and were given to 44 departments in Indiana.

Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grant opportunities should contact Crystal M. Hunt, Program Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, 46151, or call (765) 342-4701.

Department County Grant Award Project Category

Boone Twp Fire District Harrison $5,000 Safety

Brown Co VFD Brown $5,000 Wildland

Burney-Clay Twp VFD Decatur $5,000 Safety

Cannelton VFD Perry $2,920 Safety

Cass-Clinton VFD LaPorte $5,000 Safety

Celestine VFD Dubois $1,795 Radios

Central Perry VFD Perry $5,000 Wildland

Charlestown VFD Clark $5,000 Wildland

Chrisney VFD Spencer $5,000 Wildland

Dubois VFD Dubois $2,830 Safety

Eastern FD Beech Ck Twp Greene $2,548 Wildland

Greensburg FD Decatur $5,000 Wildland

Harrison Twp VFD Harrison $5,000 Water Handling

Hartsville & Community VFD Bartholomew $4,567 Wildland

Haysvile Community VFD Dubois $2,375 Wildland

J.U.G.A. (Bellmore) VFD #1 Parke $5,000 Wildland

Jackson FT Hamilton $5,000 Safety

Jackson Twp VFC DeKalb $4,998 Safety

Jefferson Twp Pike Co. VFD Pike $5,000 Training

LaCrosse VFD LaPorte $5,000 Safety

Lagro VFD Wabash $5,000 Radios

Lapaz North Twp FD Marshall $5,000 Safety

Madison Twp Hoagland VFD Allen $5,000 Training

Madison Twp VFD Dubois $5,000 Wildland

Monroe Twp VFD Clark $5,000 Safety

Mt Etna VFD Huntington $4,998 Wildland

Noble Twp VFD LaPorte $5,000 Safety

Owen Twp VFD Jackson $5,000 Water Handling

Pershing Twp VFD Jackson $969 Wildland

Porter FD Porter $4,977 Miscellaneous

Preble VFD Adams $5,000 Safety

Richland Taylor Twp VFD Greene $5,000 Radios

Roann VFD Wabash $4,506 Radios

Rossville VFD Clinton $4,563 Water Handling

Sheridan FD Hamilton $2,509 Safety

Southwest Bartholomew VFD Bartholomew $2,747 Safety

Stilesville VFR Hendricks $2,933 Safety

Walkerton VFD St. Joseph $4,861 Safety

Warren Twp FD St. Joseph $5,000 Water Handling

Washington Twp. Fire Morgan $5,000 Wildland

White River – Hazleton VFD Gibson $4,695 Water Handling

White River Twp FD Randolph $5,000 Safety

Source: The Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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