Rural Fire Grants Awarded


Oklahoma City - Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, announced $200,000 in competitive grants have been awarded to rural fire departments across Oklahoma.

“The Rural Fire 80/20 Grant program provides assistance to departments to fund improvements to their infrastructure and equipment which improves the community’s ISO rating reducing insurance rates,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. “Funds can be used to purchase firefighting or communications equipment or to build or improve a fire station.”

This annual program was funded by the Oklahoma legislature and authorized by Governor Fallin. Following official notification, fire departments can make eligible purchases and submit receipts for 80 percent reimbursement.

“This program is one of the many ways we work to build the capacity of Oklahoma’s rural fire departments,” said State Forester George Geissler. “Providing equipment through our Federal Excess Property program, funding opportunities, and specialized wildland fire training all strengthen our partnerships and make sure the state’s citizens are protected.”

For a complete list of departments receiving the grants, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/firegrants. For more information, contact OFS Communications Specialist Michelle Finch-Walker at 580-236-1021.