Rural Fire Department Grant Program
Fires in northeastern Oklahoma can be devastating and deadly. They require more than manpower to successfully fight them and to protect lives and property.
The required fire-fighting equipment is costly, so we developed a program to help rural fire departments in our service territory purchase that equipment.
The Rural Fire Department Adoption Program awards grants to area fire departments annually. The grants help the department purchase equipment such as fire trucks, hoses, and fire-fighter gear, along with helping them afford personnel training, and even help with the costs of building or acquiring fire stations.
Each year, the departments submit applications. They are reviewed and grants are awarded. Usually, three or four departments each year receive grants, which vary in amounts.
Applications for the 2012 grants are now available at our Collinsville office. Deadline for the completed applications to be submitted is Friday, April 13th.
Not only do the departments, most of which are comprised of volunteer fire-fighters, get to purchase needed equipment, but you benefit by the fire departments’ Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating improving. Improved ISO ratings mean lower home insurance rates for you.
Volunteer fire departments usually try to operate with used, and/or out-of-date equipment. But by helping them through our Rural Fire Department Grant Program, we feel we are helping them protect you and your family, and we are also helping the departments reduce their ISO ratings, thus reducing your insurance.