Fire District officials state the money was used to purchase personnel protective equipment designed specifically for use in wild-land/natural cover fires.

The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has received $3,000 in matching funds from the Missouri Department of Conversation. The grant matches Fire District expenditures for wild- land firefighting equipment dollar for dollar.

“We are very pleased to receive this support from the Missouri Department of Conversation and have put this money to good use,” says Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.

Fire District officials state the money was used to purchase personnel protective equipment designed specifically for use in wild-land/natural cover fires.

“Natural cover fires make up a large number of the incidents that we respond to and these fires have the potential to significantly threaten property and lives,” Reilly says.

District officials are always looking at ways to better fight natural cover fires and the equipment purchased with the help of the state grant will allow the district to expand their capabilities in that regard.

The SBFPD covers more than 60 square miles on and around Lake of the Ozarks in northern Camden and southern Morgan counties.

The district has two staffed stations and an authorized strength of 17 full-time firefighters. The district responds to more than 750 emergency calls annually, including medical and injury related incidents.