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(Ames) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help with equipment in battling wildfires.


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.  If a fire department has a special need that can be tied directly to wildland fire suppression, this grant allows for such special requests.


Fire departments were sent information about the grants in mid-July. Fire departments should send a Wildland Fire Report whenever they respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire to Gail Kantak, fire supervisor with the DNR’s Forestry Bureau. Departments actively returning these reports can receive priority points in the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant application scoring process.


The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant application package and the Wildland Fire Report form are also available at The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.  The grant provides 50 percent reimbursement for wildland fire equipment with a maximum reimbursement grant of $3,500 per department. 


Mandy Billings