WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – Multiple rural and volunteer fire departments in the Wabash Valley were awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.
29 counties across Indiana were awarded more than $194,000 total for this grant.
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.
In Greene County, Eastern FD Beech Ck Twp received $2,548 and Richland Taylor Twp VFD received $5,000. And in Parke County, J.U.G.A. (Bellmore) VFD #1 received $5,000.
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.