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Contact(s): Jennifer Feyerherm, DNR financial assistance specialist, 608-266-1967; Chris Klahn, DNR cooperative fire control specialist
October 13, 2015

EDITOR'S ADVISORY: This news release has been updated with a correction to the total grant amount issued.

MADISON - There are 221 local fire departments in Wisconsin that will receive a total of $489,439.31 in grants this year for equipment, prevention, and training to enhance their forest fire protection and suppression ability, according to the Department of Natural Resources..

"These grants will enable local fire departments to increase their level of preparedness and ability to respond and protect their communities," said Chris Klahn, DNR cooperative fire control specialist. "Throughout the year, DNR and local fire departments work cooperatively on numerous wildfire suppression efforts. It's an effective partnership and these grants help make it possible."

Local fire departments and county or area fire organizations received funding by applying for 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, 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.

A complete list of 2015 grant recipients [PDF] is available on the DNR website.

The Forest Fire Protection Grant program is one of over 30 grant programs administered by the Bureau of Community Financial Assistance. To learn more about these programs search the DNR website for "grants."

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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