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May 24, 2011

MADISON -- Local fire fighting agencies have until July 1 to apply for a Department of Natural Resources grant program for suppressing forest and wildland fires. This program provides funds on a 50/50 cash match basis.

Local fire departments and county or area fire organizations can apply for Forest Fire Protection Grants, which were established in 1997 to strengthen local fire departments' and county or area fire organizations' capabilities to assist the DNR forestry staff in suppression of forest fires.

The grant program provides funds for the purchase of forest fire suppression equipment and training, including: personal protective equipment (clothing must meet NFPA 1977 standards); forest fire training; forest fire prevention; forest fire tools and equipment; radio reprogramming; communication equipment; dry hydrants; rural fire mapping and numbering; and off-road all-wheel drive initial-attack vehicles.

Wisconsin fire organizations statewide received notice of this application cycle and informed of the availability of application materials on the DNR Web site. FFP applications must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2011.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Eileen Trainor - (608) 267-0848; Chris Klahn - (608) 297-2214

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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