AMES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau, working in coordination with the US Forest Service has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help with equipment in battling wildfires.
The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, slide in units, hoses, nozzles, adapters, portable tanks and pumps, personal protective equipment, and communications equipment. If a fire department has a special need that can be tied directly to wildland fire suppression, this grant allows for such special requests.
Fire departments should receive direct mailings and e-mail notifications in mid - July that contained information about the grants.
Fire departments should send a Wildland Fire Report to Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau, whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Departments actively returning these reports can receive priority points in the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant application scoring process.
“It is important for rural fire departments to return these reports so we can assess the actual demands on our rural fire departments as a result of wildfire activity,” Kantack said. The wildland fire reports will be compiled locally and nationally and will be reported to Congress.
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Application package and the Wildland Fire Report form are also available at www.iowadnr.gov/fire
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applications are due October 15, 2013. The grant provides 50 percent reimbursement for wildland fire equipment with a maximum reimbursement grant of $3,500 per department.
Wildland Fire Report Form should be submitted as wildland fires are responded to and as prescribed/controlled fires are assisted with.
The Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau Fire Program opportunities outlines the programming opportunities available to Iowa’s fire suppression agencies by the Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau in cooperation with federal, state and local partners.