Area fire departments receive grants to fight wildfires

Several local volunteer fire departments are receiving grants from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The grants are awarded in several broad categories including training, water handling equipment or to purchase equipment and gear to fight wildfires.

DNR announced this morning that in Jennings County, Vernon Township will be receiving $5,000 for safety, and Campbell Township was awarded $5,000 for radio equipment. Greensburg Fire Department will receive $4,998 for radios and in Jackson County Hamilton Township will receive $1,985 for water handling equipment while, Owen Township was granted $4,995 for safety needs.

Southern Brown County volunteers also received $5,000 for wildland fire equipment.

DNR says that the selections were made on the basis of population density and the arecres of public wildlands protected as well as wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.