- Cape teacher accused of assaulting student at football game (10/23/16)36
- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)9
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Hundreds turn out for VintageNOW fundraiser (10/23/16)3
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)4
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
Rural fire departments receive fund-matching checks
Matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments were distributed recently by the Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff to help with purchases of protective gear and fire fighting equipment for wildfires and structural fires. The funds are provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Three rural fire departments in the area received funds of up to $3,000, which the departments are required to match. They are Whitewater and North County Fire Protection Districts and Marble Hill Fire Departments. Items purchased include coveralls, pagers, radios, backpack blowers, goggles and hard hats.
"All of this equipment will certainly help protect communities as well as the firefighters" said Marty Calvert, forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation. "It's great to see our local fire departments benefit from this matching funds grant."
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Program, formerly known as the Rural Community Fire Protection Program, can provide federal financial, technical and other assistance to state foresters and other appropriate officials to organize, train and equip fire departments in rural areas and communities to suppress fires.
One hundred ninety-eight fire departments statewide will be receiving checks of up to $3,000 to help them with the purchase of protective gear and firefighting equipment. The total funding for fire department matching grants this year is $385,937.
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