The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District recently received a check in the amount of $3,992.47 for the purchase of wild land firefighting equipment and personal protective gear.
During July and August, matching funds grant checks for rural fire departments are being distributed by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Forestry Division staff. One hundred eighty-two fire departments are receiving checks for up to $4,000 to help with the purchase of personal protective gear and firefighting equipment,
Departments are required to match 50% of the funds which are provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service, Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. Throughout the last 30 years, over $7 million has been distributed to rural fire departments to help them increase the safety of their firefighters and to provide them with the better firefighting equipment.