Buffalo Rural, Urbana and Tunas volunteer fire departments have received matching grants for new equipment from the Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division. 

This is under a program called the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Fire Department Matching Funds Grant Program.

During July and August matching funds grant checks are being presented by forestry division staff. Some 174 departments are receiving checks for up to $4,000 to help with the purchase of personal protective gear, communications equipment and wildfire suppression equipment. These are intended to help increase the fire departments’ capacity to suppress  wildfires safely and efficiently.

The total funding awarded to Missouri fire departments through the matching funds grant program this year is $389,603.56. Fire departments are required to match 50 percent of the funds which are provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Program.

Throughout the past 30 years, more than $8 million has been distributed to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters and provide them with better firefighting equipment.

Buffalo Rural

Buffalo Rural Fire Department’s grant money total is $3,508, with the amount expended by fire department being $3,179.10. Half of that, or $1,589.55 is the federal/state share.

Items purchased included 4 handheld radios, 8 hose 2 section hose, 1 hose adapter, 4 Nomex shirts, 4 helmets and 4 gloves, goggles.

Urbana Rural

Urbana Rural Fire Department’s grant money total is $2,531.45, with all of that being expended. Half of that, or $1,26573 is the federal/state share.

Items purchased included 4 jackets S-2XL, 3 jackets 3XL-6XL, 2 gloves, 2 LED flash lights, 2 5” section hose, 1 5” low flow strainer, 1 4.5” to 5” M adapter, and 4 2.5” F to 1.5” M adapter.

Tunas Fire Department

Tunas Volunteer Fire Department’s grant money total is $3,398, with the amount expended by the fire department being $3,162.23. Half of that, or $1,581.12 is the federal/state share.

Items purchased included 16 radio batteries, 2 mobile antennas, 1 backjack pump, 2 100’ x 3/4” hose, 4 50’ x 2.5” hose, 2 25’ x 2.5” hose, 1 3/4” hose nozzle, 12 gloves, 1 leaf-blower, 10 head lamps, 6 hard hats, 4 heavy Nomex shirts and 1 1.5” hose nozzle.

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