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  • Wildfire-fighting grant applications available

  • Fire departments that serve small, rural communities could further their wildfire fighting capabilities through Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

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  • Fire departments that serve small, rural communities could further their wildfire fighting capabilities through volunteer fire assistance grants.
    Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, chairman of the Subcommittee on Volunteer Emergency Services, announced the Department of Environmental Conservation will accept applications for said grants until July 25.
    If awarded, the fire department will receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,000, funded by the U.S. Forest Service.
    It is anticipated that $360,000 will be allocated for 2013.
    The funded projects must be completed by Oct. 31.
    Those eligible departments include: those that serve a single town with a population under 10,000; those that serve multiple communities, one of which has to be a rural town with less than 10,000 residents; and companies with populations of 10,000 or more that meet the other requirements on the application.
    For the application and more information, call 732-1055 or visit dec.ny.gov/regulations/2364.html.

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