The Decatur County Community Foundation recently announced its 2021 fire department grant recipients.
In 2018, DCCF established a grant process specifically for fire departments. Engaged board members realized that many of our grant dollars were being routed to volunteer fire departments each year, leaving other projects with less funding. After much consideration, the DCCF board decided to revamp how fire departments apply for funding: a specific annual grant allocation would be made available to these departments, and representatives from each VFD would work together to determine the best use of dollars based on their respective needs. This also provides an opportunity for the departments to share best practices, learn about each other’s needs, and help where possible.
This year three departments were awarded funding based on committee recommendations and following the DCCF board’s approval.
The St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department will receive $16,646.95. This funding will be used to purchase a washer and dryer specifically made for turnout gear. Turnout gear is the protective clothing worn by firefighters. This clothing is made of special fire-resistant fabrics to protect against fire, smoke and cancer-causing agents. Special equipment requires special cleaning protocols to