COLUMBUS, OH – The Glenmoor Volunteer Fire Department, located in Columbiana County, will receive a 1986 four-wheel drive Chevrolet Blazer, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry.
The Division of Forestry will provide the equipment, which has an original value of $32,990, at no charge to the fire department through the U.S. Department of Defense Fire Fighter Property (FFP) Program.
“The FFP program helps local fire officials obtain important fire-fighting equipment that their limited budgets might not otherwise permit,” said Robert Boyles, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “The budget for a typical Ohio rural volunteer fire department is $35,000 per year, with some fire departments operating on $10,000 or less.”
Items obtained through the federal program are provided to local fire departments under a special agreement. The agreement requires that the equipment be placed into service within six months and remain in service for a minimum of two years. Once the Division of Forestry certifies that this equipment service requirement has been met, the local fire department assumes complete ownership of the equipment.
Equipment available to fire departments through this program include fire engines, tanker trucks, pick-up trucks, vans, portable generators and pumps, compressors, hoses, nozzles, protective clothing and other safety equipment.
The Division of Forestry currently has cooperative wildfire suppression agreements with 325 fire departments located within the division’s fire protection area, which includes eastern and southeastern Ohio, as well as the Maumee State Forest area of northwestern Ohio. Fire departments interested in the program should contact Rick Maier at (740) 774-1596, ext. 110 for information.
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For more information, contact:
Rick Maier, ODNR Division of Forestry
740. 774. 1596, ext. 110
Heidi Hetzel-Evans, ODNR Media Relations
614. 265. 6860