Forest Fire Protection Grant recipients announced for forest and wildland fire suppression

MADISON -Fire departments in 196 Wisconsin communities will receive a total of $645,487 in grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forest Fire Protection Grant Program in 2016. This funding can be used for equipment, prevention, and training to enhance forest fire protection and suppression ability.

“These grants will enable local fire departments to increase their level of preparedness and ability to respond and protect their communities,” said Chris Klahn, DNR cooperative fire control specialist. “Throughout the year, DNR and local fire departments work cooperatively on numerous wildfire suppression efforts. It’s an effective partnership and these grants help make it possible.”

The Forest Fire Protection Grant Program was established in 1997 to strengthen the capacity of local fire departments and county or area fire organizations to assist the DNR forestry staff in suppression of forest fires.

The grant program provides funds for the purchase of forest fire suppression equipment and training, including: personal protective equipment; forest fire training; forest fire prevention; forest fire tools and equipment; communication equipment; dry hydrant installation; rural fire mapping; and off-road all-wheel drive, initial-attack vehicles.

A complete list of 2016 FFP grant recipients [PDF] is available on the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov. The Forest Fire Protection Grant Program is one of more than 40 grant programs administered by the Bureau of Community Financial Assistance. To learn more about these search the DNR website for keyword “grants.”