Rural fire departments in South Dakota recently received $300,000 through a grant offered by the U.S. Forest Service, reports KOTA News. Funds from the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant will help offset training and equipment costs for the rural volunteer fire programs.
The Forest Service received over 100 applications which requested over $717,00 in funding. With the available $300,000 funds, 82 projects were awarded. One project is specifically for training, while the others seek assistance with equipment and communications. Equipment can be difficult for rural volunteer fire departments to maintain, as most have annual budgets of $10,000 or less.
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