Sanders Announces $1,904 Grant to Okarche Fire Department

 Sanders Announces $1,904 Grant to Okarche Fire Department

OKLAHOMA CITY (November 6, 2009) – State Rep. Mike Sanders announced today that the Okarche Volunteer Fire Department would receive a $1,904 80/20 cost-sharing grant through the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Fire Protection Matching Grant Program.

“Rural volunteer firefighters are vital to the protection of our smaller communities in Western Oklahoma and I am pleased to see them receive this grant,” Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said. “These individuals volunteer their time and efforts solely to help those in their communities remain safe.”

The rural fire protection grants are intended to upgrade the capabilities of local fire departments so they can better protect life and property. These state-funded grants will assist fire departments with construction of fire stations or the purchase of equipment. Fire departments must first spend local funds and are then reimbursed 80 percent of their qualifying expenses through the grant.

“Even in a tight budget year, there will always be money to help these rural fire departments keep their communities safe,” Sanders said.

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