Firefighting Grants Announced for Local Communities

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Sanders said today that local fire departments will receive operational grants through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

“Rural lawmakers know how important the fire service is to our communities that rely on it for public safety and property protection,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “Although I was disappointed that money going to fire departments was reduced this year, I am glad that there were still substantial grants.”

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture awarded $4289.96 in grants to the following House District 59 entities:

  • Town of Dover for Dover Rural Fire Department
  • Town of Hennessey for Hennessey Fire Department
  • Town of Loyal for the Loyal Fire Department
  • Town of Okarche for Okarche Fire Department
  • Big Four Fire Association
  • City of Kingfisher for Kingfisher Fire Department
  • City of Watonga for Watonga Fire Department
  • Town of Canton for Canton Fire Department
  • Town of Greenfield for Greenfield Fire Department
  • Town of Hitchcock for Hitchcock Fire Department
  • Town of Longdale for Longdale Fire Department
  • Town of Okeene for Okeene Fire Department
  • Town of Omega for Omega Fire Department
  • Eagle City Rural Fire District
  • City of Seiling for Seiling Fire Department
  • Oakwood Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
  • Taloga Fire and Ambulance
  • Town of Camargo for Camargo Fire Department
  • Town of Leedey for Leedey Fire Department
  • Town of Mutual for Mutual Fire Department
  • Town of Sharon for Sharon Fire Department
  • Town of Vici for Vici Fire Department

“Around 90 percent of Oklahoma’s fire service is volunteer,” Sanders said. “It is critical that they receive the equipment they need to continue to protect our communities. I plan to continue my support for fire service in the budget again in 2016. It was a legislative initiative that ensured volunteer fire departments received aid in the first place and legislators will continue their support, if not increase it.”

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