(AMES) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help with equipment in battling wildfires. The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment, and communications equipment.
Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau, said fire departments should receive the grant information in early July.
Fire departments can improve their grant scores by sending Kantak a wildland fire report whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Departments actively returning these reports can receive priority points in the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant application scoring process.
The wildland fire reports will be compiled locally and nationally and will be reported to Congress.
The grants package and the Wildland Fire Report form is available at www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/FirePrevention/FirePrograms.
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Applications are due October 15th. The grant provides 50 percent reimbursement for wildland fire equipment with a maximum reimbursement grant of $3,500 per department.