Three area fire departments to receive DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday awarded more than $289,000 in 50 percent cost share grants to 115 of Iowa’s rural fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowans and their property from wildfires. The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildlife suppression, personal protective and communications equipment. Three fire departments in the KQWC listening area are the recipients of the Volunteer Fire Assistance grants. They are the Duncombe, Lehigh and Stratford departments. The grants are made possible through Iowa DNR Forestry in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service-State and Private Forestry