Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments to Help Battle Wildfires

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry – Fire Program, working in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help battle wildfires.

The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, slide-in units, hoses, nozzles, adapters, portable tanks and pumps, personal protective equipment and communications equipment. Additionally, if a fire department has a special need that can be tied directly to wildfire suppression, this grant allows for such special requests.

The grant provides 50% reimbursement for wildland fire equipment with a maximum reimbursement grant of $3,500 per department. The 2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance grant applications are due on October 15th.

Gail Kantak, DNR state wildland fire supervisor, reminds fire departments to send her 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,” she said.

All Iowa volunteer fire departments were mailed information about the 2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant. The grant application package and the Wildland Fire Report form are attached and are also available online at www.iowadnr.gov/fire.

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