Two rural fire departments received grants Friday through funds provided by the State of Arkansas' Rural Fire Protection Program, or RFPP. Jacqueline Dunn, of the Southwest Arkansas Resource Conservation and Development Project Area, awarded the checks Friday at the Hempstead County Courthouse.
The Yancey Volunteer Fire Department received a grant in the amount of $2,000 to purchase four radios. The program provides funds to assist rural fire departments having an Insurance Service Organization, or ISO, rating of 7, 8, 9, or 10.
Renee Gilbert, secretary for Hempstead County Judge Wallace Martin accepted the check for in behalf of YVFD Chief Jeff Miller.
Also receiving funds was the Perrytown Volunteer Fire Department. The amount of the check was $1,679 and it was accepted by PVFD Fire Chief Dave Rose, who has been fire chief in Perrytown for 17 years.
The funds are to purchase equipment to improve fire suppression capabilities in primarily water supply and water delivery areas of equipment needs.
Otto Cowling, Southwest Arkansas RCD president, hopes to extend the RFPP program until rural fire departments are sufficiently equipped to provide fire protection to their communities at the ISO 7 level. The RFPP Program is supported locally by rural conservation districts and county governments.
Fire departments having interest in the Rural Fire Department Program should contact Dunn at the Southwest Arkansas RCD office by calling 870-836-7385, Ext. 17, for details.