70 Indiana Fire Departments Receive Grant Funds

(UNDATED) – 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 Monday.

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, 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  Communicatio
  • 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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