MADISON -- Wisconsin fire departments and county/area fire associations can now apply for Forest Fire Protection grants from the Department of Natural Resources.
These grants help strengthen the ability of local fire departments and county or area fire organizations to assist the DNR forestry staff in suppression of forest fires. All applications, downloadable from the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching for keywords "fire grants," are due to the DNR by July 2, 2018.
This grant program provides funds for the purchase of forest fire suppression equipment and training, including: personal protective equipment, forest fire training, forest fire prevention, forest fire tools and equipment, communication equipment, dry hydrant installation, rural fire mapping and off-road, all-wheel drive, initial-attack vehicles. Successful applicants will receive a grant from the DNR that covers 50 percent of eligible costs. This program is operated as a reimbursement program, which means that fire departments and fire associations must make all purchases and pay all costs, then request reimbursement from the DNR by the reimbursement deadline.
Fire department grant limits are:
County/area fire association grant limits are:
Awards will be announced and grant projects begin on Oct. 1, 2018. To learn more search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords "fire grant."