Argos fire deptMore than 70 rural and volunteer fire departments from 47 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $320,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants, DNR Director Dan Bortner announced today. The awards will be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and gear to combat wildland fires. The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Recipients were selected based on population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters. As in past years, emphasis was given to projects that involved the fighting of wildfires. The awarded grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and were given to 76 departments. Fire departments receiving the grants in 2020, the amount of the grant, county and the project category are: Hoagland Vol. Fire Co. Inc. Allen $4,932.00 Safety Hope VFD Bartholomew $4,740.00 Communication Southwest Bartholomew VFD Bartholomew $3,100.00 Safety Richland Township VFD Benton $5,000.00 Safety Southern Brown VFD Brown $5,000.00 Safety Charlestown VFD Clark $5,000.00 Water Handling Monroe Township VFD Clark $5,000.00 Safety Centerpoint & Community Vol. Fire Co. Clay $2,800.00 Water Handling Poland Fire Protection Territory Clay $5,000.00 Wildland Van Buren Township Vol. Firemans Assn. Clay $5,000.00 Water Handling Rossville VFD Clinton $4,850.00 Safety Elnora Elmore VFD Daviess $4,828.32 Safety Letts Community VFD Decatur $4,750.00 Wildland Decatur Co. Firemen’s Assn. Decatur $5,000.00 Communication Celestine VFD Dubois $4,987.50 Communication Dubois VFD Dubois $4,390.60 Safety Madison Township VFD Dubois $3,049.00 Communication St. Anthony VFD Dubois $4,125.00 Communication Eagle Fire Co. of Oldenburg Franklin $4,000.00 Water Handling Oakland City Fire Dept. Gibson $2,678.26 Wildland Center Jackson Fire Territory Greene $4,990.00 Water Handling Sheridan Fire Dept. Hamilton $2,091.95 Wildland Harrison Township Fire Protection District Harrison $3,800.00 Safety Stilesville Vol. Fire & Rescue Hendricks $4,190.00 Safety Greentown Vol. Fire Co. Howard $5,000.00 Safety Mt. Etna VFD Huntington $5,000.00 Safety Owen Township VFD Jackson $5,000.00 Wildland Pershing Township VFD Jackson $2,700.00 Wildland Wheatfield VFD Jasper $2,499.50 Water Handling Campbell Township VFD Jennings $2,537.50 Communication Palmyra Township Fire Dept. Knox $4,970.00 Communication Vincennes Township Fire District Knox $5,000.00 Water Handling LaGrange VFD LaGrange $5,000.00 Safety Lowell VFD Lake $3,000.00 Training LaCrosse VFD LaPorte $5,000.00 Wildland Long Beach Fire Dept. LaPorte $1,000.00 Wildland Noble Township VFD LaPorte $5,000.00 Safety Marion Township Rural Fire Dept. Lawrence $5,000.00 Safety Marshall Township Vol. Fire & EMS Lawrence $2,500.00 Safety Oolitic VFD Lawrence $2,000.00 Wildland Decatur Township Fire Dept. Marion $5,000.00 Wildland Argos VFD Marshall $5,000.00 Safety Martin Co. Fire and Rescue Martin $2,500.00 Communication Benton Township VFD Monroe $3,050.00 Communication Ellettsville Fire Dept. Monroe $2,500.00 Water Handling Albion VFD Noble $5,000.00 Safety JUGA VFD Parke $5,000.00 Safety Adams Township Fire Dept. Parke $5,000.00 Communication Jefferson Township Pike Co. VFD Pike $5,000.00 Safety Petersburg VFD Pike $5,000.00 Safety Kouts VFD Porter $4,684.00 Water Handling Morgan Township VFD Porter $5,000.00 Safety Porter Fire Dept. Porter $4,635.14 Safety Francesville VFD Pulaski $4,500.00 Water Handling Monterey and Tippecanoe VFD Pulaski $5,000.00 Safety Farmland VFD Randolph $5,000.00 Safety Lynn Fire Dept. Randolph $5,000.00 Safety White River Township Fire Dept. Randolph $5,000.00 Safety Posey Township VFD Rush $4,750.00 Communication Liberty Township VFD St. Joseph $5,000.00 Safety Walkerton Fire Dept. Territory St. Joseph $5,000.00 Safety Warren Township Fire Dept. St. Joseph $4,238.80 Safety Centre Township DBA SW Central Fire St. Joseph $5,000.00 Safety Scottsburg Fire Dept. Scott $5,000.00 Water Handling Fountaintown Community VFD Shelby $1,941.44 Water Handling North Judson-Wayne Township Starke $1,955.00 Water Handling San Pierre VFD Starke $2,500.00 Water Handling Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue Switzerland $5,000.00 Communication Moorefield Community Fire Dept. Switzerland $5,000.00 Safety Sharpsville Fire Dept. Tipton $5,000.00 Safety German Township VFD Vanderburgh $5,000.00 Safety Roann VFD Wabash $4,800.00 Safety Chandler VFD Warrick $2,500.00 Safety Lynnville VFD Warrick $5,000.00 Communication Pigeon Township VFD Warrick $5,000.00 Communication Monon VFD White $1,250.00 Training