Chris Sevits of the Missouri Department of Conservation presents a check for $2,934 to Mooreen Holton, secretary/treasurer for the Gorin Fire Department for the purchase of new equipment for the department.

The Gorin Fire Department recently received  nearly $3,000 in federal and state cost share funds to help fund the purchase of new firefighting equipment for the local volunteer department.

During July and August, matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are being distributed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Forestry Division staff.

A total of 168 fire departments are receiving checks for up to $4,000 to help with the purchase of personal protective gear, communications equipment and wildfire suppression equipment to help increase the fire departments capacity to suppress wildfires safely and efficiently.

The total funding awarded to Missouri fire departments through the matching funds grant program this year is $386,398.14.

Fire departments are required to match 50 of the funds which are provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the US Forest Service1 Volunteer Fire Assistance Program.

“Throughout the last 30 years, over $8 million has been distributed to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters and provide them with better firefighting equipment,” said Ben Webster, Wildland Fire Program Supervisor for the  Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Gorin Fire Department purchased four backpack pumps, six 50-foot sections of 1.75-inch hose, 14 50-foot sections of 2.5 inch hose and four nozzles at a total cost of $5,868.