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Arkansas volunteer fire departments receive wildfire suppression kits

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LITTLE ROCK – The Rural Fire Protection program, managed by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division, received $294,442.24 to purchase and distribute 96 Wildfire Suppression Kits to rural volunteer fire departments. The money was awarded as part of the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant from the United States Forest Service.

Volunteer fire departments are the primary partner of Forestry Division crews in wildfire response and suppression, but they are often in need of the specialized equipment and gear necessary for safe wildfire suppression. The equipment distributed this year in the Wildfire Suppression Kits included lightweight wildfire-resistant coveralls and gloves, hand rakes, back-pack water pumps, and leaf blowers. Since 2014, more than 490 volunteer fire departments have received Wildfire Suppression Kits through the Rural Fire Protection program valued at $1,499,411.34.

Any volunteer fire department interested in participating in the Wildfire Suppression Kit program must submit an application, which is then scored according to specific criteria including fire district population, the size of the response area, wildfire equipment response needs, and other factors. The next application period for the Wildfire Suppression Kit program is expected to begin August 2021.

Fire Departments should receive an application by mail, or they can be found at www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/forestry/rural-fire-protection-program/ when the application period opens. Fire Departments may contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at kathryn.mahan@agriculture.arkansas.gov or (501) 679-3183 with questions regarding the application.

Fire departments receiving kits in 2021 are listed below by fire department and county.
Acorn/Polk
Allison Sylamore/Stone
Alread/Van Buren
Altus Rural/Franklin
Aly-Chula/Yell
Atkins/Pope
Augusta/Woodruff
Barnes Rural/Franklin
Beaverfork/Faulkner
Beirne/Clark
Big Fork/Polk
Bigelow/Perry
Biscoe/Prairie
Bismarck/Hot Spring
Black Fork/Scott
Bohannan Mountain/Madison
Cale/Nevada
Choctaw/Van Buren
Cossatot/Sevier
Cove Creek Pearson/Cleburne
District 4/Crawford
District 7/Crawford
Cushman/Independence
Delight/Pike
Dutch Creek/Yell
England/Lonoke
Evening Shade/Sharp
Farmington/Washington
Fifty Six/Stone
Forum-Alabam/Madison
Franklin/Izard
Fulton/Hempstead
Galla Rock/Yell
Genoa/Miller
Grapevine/Grant
Gravette/Benton
Greers Ferry/Cleburne
Haroco/Searcy
Harrisburg/Poinsett
Hasty/Newton
Hickory Flat/White
Hilltop/Faulkner
Hoxie/Lawrence
Imboden/Lawrence
Ione Community/Logan
Joplin/Montgomery
Kansas Community/Clark
Krooked Kree/Boone
Lee County/Lee
Lepanto/Poinsett
Liberty/Faulkner
London Rural/Pope
Lono-Rolla/Hot Spring
Melbourne/Izard
Milo/Ashley
Mount Nebo/Yell
Newhope/Pike
Nob Hill/Washington
Oak Hill/Little River
Old Union/Union
Omaha Rural/Boone
Oxford/Izard
Palestine/St. Francis
Pea Ridge/Benton
Peach Orchard/Clay
Peppers Lake/Prairie
Perrytown/Hempstead
Pleasant Plains/Independence
Pleasant View/Franklin
Poughkeepsie/Sharp
Prim/Cleburne
Quail Creek/Pulaski
Quitman/Cleburne
Rector/Clay
Rocky Rural/Polk
Ruthie Mountain/Izard
Sedgwick/Lawrence
Shaw/Saline
Sidney/Sharp
Stamps/Lafayette
Sturkie/Fulton
Subiaco Crossroads/Logan
Sulphur Springs/Benton
Summit/Marion
Sweet Home/Pulaski
Tollette/Howard
Tyronza/Poinsett
Ulm/Prairie
Valley Springs/Boone
Vilonia/Faulkner
Waldo/Columbia
Water Valley/Randolph
Watson Chapel/Jefferson
Wesley/Madison
Williams Junction/Perry
Wooster/Faulkner

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