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Ellsworth, Plum City units get forest fire grants

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Tuesday 215 local fire departments will receive a total of $543,237 in grant funding under the Forest Fire Protection Grant Program.

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Fire departments can use the grant funds for equipment, prevention and training to enhance their forest fire protection and suppression ability.

Ellsworth and Plum City fire departments were two of the 215 departments announced. Ellsworth will receive $2,248, while Plum City receives $284.25.

“These grants will enable local fire departments to increase their level of preparedness and ability to respond and protect their communities,” said Chris Klahn, DNR cooperative fire management specialist. “Throughout the year, DNR and local fire departments work cooperatively on numerous wildfire suppression efforts. It’s an effective partnership, and these grants help make it possible.”

The program was established in 1997 to strengthen local fire departments and county or area fire organizations’ capabilities to assist the DNR forestry staff in suppression of forest fires. The grant program provides funds for the purchase of forest fire suppression equipment and training, including: personal protective equipment, forest fire training, forest fire prevention, forest fire tools and equipment, communication equipment, dry hydrant installation, rural fire mapping and off-road, all wheel-drive, initial-attack vehicles.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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