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DNR grants to help local fire departments

ST. PAUL — A number of rural fire departments in the area are among those that will be benefiting from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants. The program aims to save lives and protect property in rural areas.

The DNR Rural Fire Department program provides financial and technical assistance to Minnesota fire departments in cities or communities with populations under 10,000. Grant recipients will use the funds for fire protection within existing state and county rural fire protection plans.

Communities provide a 50 percent match to their grant. Priority is given to fire departments with the greatest need. Other considerations include the type of project, number of fire runs and number of previous years funded by the DNR.

In 2018, 159 local fire departments across the state will receive a total of $435,700 in matching grants. Since 2012, rural fire departments in Minnesota have received just over $2 million in grants,

Grant awards in area, by county and department:

Kandiyohi: Raymond Fire Dept. $3,700; Sunburg Fire Dept. $2,900;

Lac qui Parle: Boyd Fire Dept. $1,200; Marietta Fire Dept. $2,500

Redwood: Belview Fire Dept. $2,500; Redwood Falls Fire Dept. $5,000;

Renville: Buffalo Lake Fire Dept. $5,000; Olivia Fire Dept. $5,000;

Swift: Benson Fire Dept. $2,500;

Yellow Medicine: Canby Fire Dept. $3,900; Porter Fire Dept. $1,400; Wood Lake Fire Dept. $5,000

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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