The Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry officials announced this week that more than $320,000 in grant money was awarded to rural and volunteer fire departments around Indiana.
DNR Director Dan Bortner said that the awards will be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The grants were made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
The awarded grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and were given to 76 departments.
Under the category of water handling, the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department got $1,955 and the San Pierre Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $2,500.