July 28, 2005

Gorin Firemen Receive $2,506 Matching Grant

During July and August, matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are being distributed by Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff. One hundred seventy-nine fire departments will be receiving checks of up to $3,000 to help them with the purchase of personal protective gear, and fire fighting equipment, for wildland fires as well as structure fires. The total funding for fire department matching grants this year is $373,230.

Gorin Fire Department purchased one paging station, one chain saw, and two backpack blowers with a total cost of the items being $5,114.72. The grant was in the amount of $2,505.50 and the fire department contributed the rest of the cost.

Fire departments are required to match these funds which are provided by the US Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation. During the last 23 years, nearly $4,000,000 has been distributed to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their fighters and provide them with better fire fighting equipment.

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