Fire departments receive grants administered by DNR Forestry

Fire departments receive grants administered by DNR Forestry


More than 70 rural and volunteer fire departments from 47 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $320,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, DNR Director Dan Bortner announced today.

The awards will be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Recipients were selected based on population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. As in past years, the emphasis was given to projects that involved the fighting of wildfires.

The awarded grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and were given to 76 departments.

Fire departments receiving the grants in 2020, the amount of the grant, county and the project category are:

Hoagland Vol. Fire Co. Inc. Allen $4,932.00 Safety
Hope VFD Bartholomew $4,740.00 Communication
Southwest Bartholomew VFD Bartholomew $3,100.00 Safety
Richland Township VFD Benton $5,000.00 Safety
Southern Brown VFD Brown $5,000.00 Safety
Charlestown VFD Clark $5,000.00 Water Handling
Monroe Township VFD Clark $5,000.00 Safety
Centerpoint & Community Vol. Fire Co. Clay $2,800.00 Water Handling
Poland Fire Protection Territory Clay $5,000.00 Wildland
Van Buren Township Vol. Firemans Assn. Clay $5,000.00 Water Handling
Rossville VFD Clinton $4,850.00 Safety
Elnora Elmore VFD Daviess $4,828.32 Safety
Letts Community VFD Decatur $4,750.00 Wildland
Decatur Co. Firemen’s Assn. Decatur $5,000.00 Communication
Celestine VFD Dubois $4,987.50 Communication
Dubois VFD Dubois $4,390.60 Safety
Madison Township VFD Dubois $3,049.00 Communication
St. Anthony VFD Dubois $4,125.00 Communication
Eagle Fire Co. of Oldenburg Franklin $4,000.00 Water Handling
Oakland City Fire Dept. Gibson $2,678.26 Wildland
Center Jackson Fire Territory Greene $4,990.00 Water Handling
Sheridan Fire Dept. Hamilton $2,091.95 Wildland
Harrison Township Fire Protection District Harrison $3,800.00 Safety
Stilesville Vol. Fire & Rescue Hendricks $4,190.00 Safety
Greentown Vol. Fire Co. Howard $5,000.00 Safety
Mt. Etna VFD Huntington $5,000.00 Safety
Owen Township VFD Jackson $5,000.00 Wildland
Pershing Township VFD Jackson $2,700.00 Wildland
Wheatfield VFD Jasper $2,499.50 Water Handling
Campbell Township VFD Jennings $2,537.50 Communication
Palmyra Township Fire Dept. Knox $4,970.00 Communication
Vincennes Township Fire District Knox $5,000.00 Water Handling
LaGrange VFD LaGrange $5,000.00 Safety
Lowell VFD Lake $3,000.00 Training
LaCrosse VFD LaPorte $5,000.00 Wildland
Long Beach Fire Dept. LaPorte $1,000.00 Wildland
Noble Township VFD LaPorte $5,000.00 Safety
Marion Township Rural Fire Dept. Lawrence $5,000.00 Safety
Marshall Township Vol. Fire & EMS Lawrence $2,500.00 Safety
Oolitic VFD Lawrence $2,000.00 Wildland
Decatur Township Fire Dept. Marion $5,000.00 Wildland
Argos VFD Marshall $5,000.00 Safety
Martin Co. Fire and Rescue Martin $2,500.00 Communication
Benton Township VFD Monroe $3,050.00 Communication
Ellettsville Fire Dept. Monroe $2,500.00 Water Handling
Albion VFD Noble $5,000.00 Safety
JUGA VFD Parke $5,000.00 Safety
Adams Township Fire Dept. Parke $5,000.00 Communication
Jefferson Township Pike Co. VFD Pike $5,000.00 Safety
Petersburg VFD Pike $5,000.00 Safety
Kouts VFD Porter $4,684.00 Water Handling
Morgan Township VFD Porter $5,000.00 Safety
Porter Fire Dept. Porter $4,635.14 Safety
Francesville VFD Pulaski $4,500.00 Water Handling
Monterey and Tippecanoe VFD Pulaski $5,000.00 Safety
Farmland VFD Randolph $5,000.00 Safety
Lynn Fire Dept. Randolph $5,000.00 Safety
White River Township Fire Dept. Randolph $5,000.00 Safety
Posey Township VFD Rush $4,750.00 Communication
Liberty Township VFD St. Joseph $5,000.00 Safety
Walkerton Fire Dept. Territory St. Joseph $5,000.00 Safety
Warren Township Fire Dept. St. Joseph $4,238.80 Safety
Centre Township DBA SW Central Fire St. Joseph $5,000.00 Safety
Scottsburg Fire Dept. Scott $5,000.00 Water Handling
Fountaintown Community VFD Shelby $1,941.44 Water Handling
North Judson-Wayne Township Starke $1,955.00 Water Handling
San Pierre VFD Starke $2,500.00 Water Handling
Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue Switzerland $5,000.00 Communication
Moorefield Community Fire Dept. Switzerland $5,000.00 Safety
Sharpsville Fire Dept. Tipton $5,000.00 Safety
German Township VFD Vanderburgh $5,000.00 Safety
Roann VFD Wabash $4,800.00 Safety
Chandler VFD Warrick $2,500.00 Safety
Lynnville VFD Warrick $5,000.00 Communication
Pigeon Township VFD Warrick $5,000.00 Communication
Monon VFD White $1,250.00 Training



Fire departments interested in applying for future grants should contact Mark Huter, Assistant State Fire Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN 46151, or call 765-792-4654.

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