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 Kennard Volunteer Fire Department Gets DNR Fire Assistance Grant

June 6, 2007 - The Kennard Volunteer Fire Dept. is one of 77 rural and volunteer fire departments from 48 Indiana counties recently chosen by the state's Department of Natural Resources to share more than $268,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

Kennard Fire Chief Chris Millis told The Banner that his department was notified last month that it had been awarded a $952 grant to buy fire fighting foam and other safety items. Because the fire department is required to match the grant dollar-for-dollar, Millis said that means $1,904 will go toward the purchases.

"It's what's known as Class A foam," Millis said of the one of the main items the department will obtain with the grant money. "It's a form for ordinary combustibles - it's what you use on certain fires when you can't use just plain water on it." He also said the department plans to buy some items that will enable the KVFD to better deal with hazardous chemical spills.

Millis said that the KVFD, which has also received grants from the Henry County Community Foundation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will continue applying for grants. "The money's out there for firefighters and we might as well try to get some to help us improve," said Millis. "We've been really fortunate and really blessed with these people helping us."

The VFA grants are funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and administered by the DNR's Division of Forestry. According to a press release issued by the DNR, the grants may be used for projects such as installing dry hydrants or purchasing fire fighting equipment, including training or personal protective gear. To view all departments receiving grants, including dollar amounts and intended purchases, go to http://dnr.in.gov/press/pr-fire-dept-grants.pdf. Fire departments interested in applying for future grants should contact program coordinator Crystal M. Hunt at (765) 342-4701, or by e-mailing her at chunt@dnr.in.gov.

 

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