BNR Press Release–Fire Departments Awarded Grant, December 14, 2017

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Pindall, Gilbert, & St Joe (PG&S) Volunteer Fire Department Receives NPS Grant

Harrison, AR: PG&S Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded a $5,000 National Park Service Rural Fire Assistance Program grant from Buffalo National River.  “This grant will be used to purchase much needed firefighting equipment and personal protective gear,” stated Buffalo National River Deputy Superintendent Laura Miller when presenting the grant to members of the PG&S Volunteer Fire Department. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all volunteer firefighters, and we are fortunate to have such a great working relationship with PG&S Volunteer Fire Department.”

 The National Park Service (NPS) provides Rural Fire Assistance (RFA) grants to neighboring community fire departments to enhance local wildfire protection, purchase equipment, and train volunteer firefighters. Service fire staff also assist directly with community projects. These efforts reduce the risk to human life and better enable NPS firefighters to interact with community fire organizations when fighting wildfires. The Department of the Interior (DOI) receives an appropriated budget each year for an RFA grant program. The maximum award per grant is $20,000. The DOI assistance program targets rural and volunteer fire departments that routinely help fight fire on or near DOI lands.