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(Jefferson City) – The Forestry division of the Missouri Department of Conservation presented over $5,000 of grant money to four different area fire departments.

The Howell County Rural Fire District received $1,183, The Brandsville Fire District received $1,693.50, The Pottersville Fire Department received $1,287.28, and the West Plains Fire Department received $1,154.60.

All the departments will have to match the amounts given by 50% of the grant funding. Each of the districts will be using their grants to purchase new equipment to better their departments.

The Howell Rural District plans to purchase four hand-held radios holders, a 2,100-gallon hold tank, a five-inch strainer, six rakes, six pair of wildfire gear, and 12 pair of suspenders.

The West Plains department will be using their grant money to get four pairs of wildland fire gear and four leaf blowers.

In Brandsville they will be getting two hose reels, four water backpacks, six protect gloves, and six pair of wildland fire gear. And the Potterville fire department will be purchasing a leaf blower, chain saw, and five one-and-a-half-inch nozzles.

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