OFS Rural Fire Defense Program


In recent years, Oklahoma has experienced a surge in home construction on its rural landscape and in its small towns and cities.  These areas of growth are often referred to as the urban/wildland interface.  Residents within the interface are surrounded by fuels that, should they ignite, present a significant risk to their homes and surrounding improvements.   In Oklahoma, most rural residents depend on their local volunteer fire departments to protect their property from loss.  The goal of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is to improve the capacity of local fire departments to provide quality fire protection services.

There are almost 900 volunteer fire departments in communities of less than 10,000 people in our state.  Since 1980, Oklahoma Forestry Services' Rural Fire Defense program has targeted these smaller communities and provided assistance to their fire departments in the form of technical advice, financial aid, and equipment.  As you navigate through these pages, you should find useful information to assist you in obtaining assistance for your fire department as well as showcasing the successes of one of the premier programs of its kind in the country.

Rural Fire Defense:             

Vacant, Rural Fire Staff Forester
Oklahoma Forestry Services
830 NE 12th Ave
Goldsby, OK 73093
405-288-2385 (Tel)   405-288-6326 (Fax)