Last year, four members of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) received 80/20 reimbursement grants. Cedar Lake, one of several fire districts in Canadian County, received a $1,900 grant for a pump. The Harrah Fire Department received $950 for hydrant gates and fittings. The Town of Jones Fire Department received $3,000 for a fire pump and the Piedmont Fire Department received about $1,500 for a bunker gear.
Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, announces $200,000 is currently available to rural fire departments serving communities of less than 10,000 in population through a competitive grant process.
The 80/20 Reimbursement Grant provides financial assistance to rural fire departments. Funds can be used to purchase firefighting or communications equipment or build or improve a fire station.
The Rural Fire Department 80/20 Reimbursement Program is funded by the Oklahoma Legislature and authorized by Governor Mary Fallin. Applications must be submitted through one of Oklahoma’s Rural Fire Coordinators by September 1, 2015. Successful grant recipients will be notified on or about October 10.
For more information about this funding opportunity, members of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments are encouraged to contact the Rural Fire Coordinator for region 8, Central Oklahoma:
2225 S. Broadway
Guthrie, OK 73044
Phone: (405) 282-4801