(AMES) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, in cooperation with U.S. Forest Service - State and Private Forestry, has awarded $186,223 in 50 percent cost-share grants to 83 rural Iowa fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires.
The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment, and communications equipment.
The 2012 Volunteer Fire Assistance grant requests have been approved for the following fire departments in southwest Iowa: Creston, Exira, Glenwood, Kirkman, Oakland and Pacific Junction.
All fire departments are asked to submit wildland fire reports whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Departments actively returning these reports receive priority points when the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant applications are scored. These wildland fire reports are compiled locally and nationally and are reported to Congress.