Volunteer Fire Departments in Prim, Wilburn, and Greers Ferry received matching grants from the Arkansas Forestry Commission

The Volunteer Fire Crews in Prim, Greers Ferry, and Wilburn received $1000 in matching Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants from the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Rural Fire Protection Program.  The funds are provided by the U.S. Forest Service and are administered by the AFC. 

These grants are available to small volunteer fire departments that are located in community with a population of no more than 10,000 people.  The money is to be used to assist the departments in their firefighting responsibilities and at least $2000 must be spent on equipment and gear.

“These grants are oriented to help Arkansas firefighters better equip themselves and therefore better protect their communities. Through our wildland fire training course and quality gear and equipment, we can help firefighters safely and effectively prevent and suppress wildfire,” said John Blackburn, Rural Fire Protection Administrator.

According to the AFC, federal funds for 2014 should be available by early summer.  Any local fire department is encouraged to apply for the grant.  To get more information on the grant and criteria, fire departments can call the Cleburne County District Office, located in Greenbrier, at 501-679-2806.