Dems: Grants available to rural fire departments

October 1, 2016

The forestry bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to battle wildfires. The grant provides 50-percent reimbursement for wildland fire equipment with a maximum reimbursement grant of $3,500 per department. The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, slide in units, hoses, nozzles, adapters, portable tanks and pumps, personal protective equipment and communications equipment.


Departments that return a Wildland Fire Report whenever they respond to a wildland fire receive priority points in the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant application scoring process. Applications are due Oct. 15. The application package and Wildland Fire Report form are available at



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