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DEC accepting applications for volunteer fire assistance grants

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Tue, Jul 31st 2018 12:35 pm
Funds provide assistance to rural fire departments
The Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for federally funded volunteer fire assistance grants, Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Tuesday. The deadline for applications is Aug. 10.
"The volunteer fire assistance grants are a great way to help our local volunteer fire departments, which we rely on to help battle wildfires and forest fires across the state," Seggos said. "Last year, we were able to help 319 fire departments across the state purchase much-needed firefighting equipment."
The volunteer fire assistance grant program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC forest rangers. If awarded, fire departments receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,500. Last year, the program provided $1,500 grants to 319 fire departments. DEC received a federal appropriation of $514,215 for 2018.
Only expenses directly related to fire suppression efforts are eligible for funding. These include the purchase of portable pumps, portable backpack pumps, hand tools, hoses, light-weight fireproof clothing (Nomex), hard hats, turnout gear, portable radios, generators and dry hydrants. Expenditures not directly related to firefighting, such as search and rescue, acquisition of land, construction of buildings and facilities, major apparatus purchases and maintenance items are not eligible for funding.
Eligible fire departments include those that serve a single town with a population under 10,000; those that serve multiple communities, one of which is a rural town of less than 10,000 residents; and fire departments in towns with a population of 10,000 or more that meet the requirements listed on the application. Fire departments that receive a grant award must complete all required grant paperwork by Nov. 30.
For applications or further information about the grant program, contact DEC at 518-402-8839, or write to NYSDEC, Division of Forest Protection, 625 Broadway 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-2560, or visit DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2364.html.

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