Matching Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments
OKLAHOMA CITY— Community and rural fire departments in Oklahoma are eligible to apply for matching grants through the State Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's rural fire defense program to upgrade local fire protection services.
“This competitive grant program has achieved great success across the state,” said Secretary of Agriculture Terry L. Peach. “Rural communities and volunteer fire departments seldom have resources to make capital improvements. These grants have helped hundreds of departments lower fire insurance ratings and reduce fire risk for homeowners and businesses,” Peach said.
State funds may be used to build new or improve existing fire stations, or to purchase firefighting equipment. The community must match state dollars with at least 20 percent in local funds.
“The matching grant program is just one facet of our rural fire defense effort to assist more than 900 rural and community fire departments in Oklahoma ,” said Peach.
The department expects to award up to $1,000,000 in state-appropriated grant funding during fiscal year 2007. Application forms were sent to all cooperating fire departments July 1, and may be obtained from rural fire coordinators or the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Applications must be submitted to the fire department's Rural Fire Coordinator by Aug. 1, 2006 .
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