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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded more than $454,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 101 rural and volunteer fire departments from 58 counties.

The awards will be used to fund training or 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 lands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. As in past years, emphasis was given to projects that involved the fighting of wildfires.

Local Fire departments receiving the grants in 2023:

  • Celestine, Dubois, Haysville, Ireland-Madison Township, and St. Anthony in Dubois County
  • Fort Branch/Union Township in Gibson County
  • Vincennes Township in Knox County
  • Monroe Township and Charlestown in Clark County
  • Orleans in Orange County
  • Anderson Township in Perry County
  • Chandler in Warrick County
  • Jefferson Township and Petersburg in Pike County
  • Perry Township in Vanderburgh County

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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