On July 23, the Missouri Department of Conservation presented grant money to the Green Ridge Fire Department at the Green Ridge Fire Station. They received $1118.50 in matching funds to help purchase portable radios.
During July and August matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are being distributed by Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff. One hundred eighty two fire departments will be receiving checks of up to $4,000 to help them with the purchase of personal protective gear and firefighting equipment, for wildfire as well as structure fires.
The total funding for fire department matching grants this year is $354,467. Fire departments are required to match these funds which are provided by the US Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Throughout the last 30 years, over $7 million has been distributed to Rural Fire Departments to help them increase the safety of their fighters and provide them with better firefighting equipment. Pictured is Allan Rohrbach, fire chief, with some of the equipment purchased with these funds. Photo submitted.