Grant funding is intended to expand the use of local fire departments to augment and strengthen the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) overall initial-attack fire suppression capabilities on forest fires.
Applications are due July 1.
Eligible applicants are Wisconsin fire departments and county/fire associations. County/area fire associations must have a majority of the fire department members serving organized forest fire control areas designated by the DNR.
Prioritized eligible funding categories include:
1. Personal Protective Equipment (must meet NFPA 1977 standards)
2. Forest Fire Training
3. Forest Fire Prevention and Wildland Urban Interface
4. Forest Fire Suppression Tools, Equipment, Supplies and Materials (includes dry hydrant components and supplies for new installations only)
5. Communication Equipment for Forest Fire Suppression
6. Dry Hydrant Installation (costs such as excavation, site preparation, engine pad and signage)
7. Mapping, GPS
8. Off-road, all-wheel-drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs, RTVs, UTVs) up to 5-ton capacity used primarily for forest fire suppression (vehicles limited to individual fire department applicants)
Fire departments can receive a minimum of $750 and a maximum of $10,000
County/area fire associations can receive a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $25,000
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