Area Rural Fire Departments Receive Operational Assistance Grants

Rural fire departments across the state – including 20 in House District 59 – are receiving Oklahoma Operational Assistance Grants in the amount of $3,817.42 to assist with expenses such as firefighting equipment maintenance and purchases, insurance premiums and personal protective equipment.

This year’s funding is being provided to 861 fire departments across the state that serve communities with populations of less than 10,000.  The funds will be sent to fire departments electronically, as required by law, and made in two payments of $1,908.71 this year.  These funds are appropriated by the state legislature, authorized by Governor Fallin and administered by Oklahoma Forestry Services.  The operational grant funds have been awarded to the state’s rural fire departments since the 1980’s with the intention to help them with the cost of day-to-day expenses. 

“Our rural fire departments are the backbone of our communities,” said Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher.  “I’m thankful to every one of our paid and volunteer firefighters who protect lives and property. I’m thankful as well for their families who make this willing sacrifice of their service.

“I’m a strong supporter of these funds, knowing they are critical to our long-term success in maintaining and improving our state’s fire service.  Grants like these can make a big difference to a small department.”

The Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, is the state’s lead agency for wildland fire fighting and works with rural fire departments across the state to coordinate fire suppression efforts, provide training and improve fire capacity. 

For a complete list of the fire departments being awarded operational grants and for more information visit Oklahoma Forestry Services’ website at    http://www.forestry.ok.gov/rfd-operational-assistance-grants

 

Below is a list of rural fire departments from Oklahoma House District 59 receiving grants:

Fire Department

Grant Amount

COG

County

HR District

City of Watonga for Watonga Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Eagle City Rural Fire District

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Town of Canton for Canton Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Town of Greenfield for Greenfield Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Town of Hitchcock for Hitchcock Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Town of Longdale for Longdale Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Town of Okeene for Okeene Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Blaine

59

Town of Okarche for Okarche Fire Department

$3,817.41

ACOG

Canadian

59

City of Seiling for Seiling Fire Department

$3,817.41

OEDA

Dewey

59

Oakwood Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc.

$3,817.41

OEDA

Dewey

59

Taloga Fire and Ambulance

$3,817.41

OEDA

Dewey

59

Town of Camargo for Camargo Fire Department

$3,817.41

OEDA

Dewey

59

Town of Leedey for Leedey Fire Department

$3,817.41

OEDA

Dewey

59

Town of Vici for Vici Fire Department

$3,817.41

OEDA

Dewey

59

Big 4 Rural Fire District Association

$3,817.41

NODA

Kingfisher

59

City of Kingfisher for Kingfisher Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Kingfisher

59

Town of Dover for Dover Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Kingfisher

59

Town of Hennessey for Hennessey Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Kingfisher

59

Town of Loyal for Loyal Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Kingfisher

59

Town of Omega for Omega Fire Department

$3,817.41

NODA

Kingfisher

59

Town of Sharon for Sharon Fire Department

$3,817.41

OEDA

Woodward

59


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