Fire departments receive grants from DNR

Sixty rural and volunteer fire departments in Indiana, including two in Jackson County, have received Volunteer Fire Assistance grants from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Owen-Salt Creek Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive $4,996 for water handling equipment, and Pershing Township Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $1,849 grant to combat wildland fires.

The state has awarded more than $250,000 through the U.S Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Grants range from $575 to $5,000 and can be used for training, installation of dry hydrants or to purchase firefighting equipment and gear to fight wildland fires.

Fire departments interested in applying for a grant should write to Crystal M. Hunt, program coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, IN 46151 or call 765-342-4701.