Volunteer Fire Departments Apply For Federal and State Grants

Texoma volunteer fire departments dealing with the aftermath of the recent wildfires could have an entire new set of issues on hand.  Knowing how to apply for federal and state grants is a process that some of these volunteer firefighters have never gone through before.

Lake Arrowhead Fire Chief Michael Hall tells Newschannel 6 they need grants to be reimbursed on fuel cost, equipment damage, blown out tires for their fire trucks.  That's just naming a few repairs on their list, and repairs that most of the area volunteer fire departments are dealing with.  Before they can get any money they need to properly fill out paperwork to apply.

If the volunteer fire departments in our areas have not dealt with enough in the past few weeks, they have another big task in hand.  Michael Hall, Fire Chief from the Lake Arrowhead Fire Department just printed out 100 pages of information on how to apply for the Fire Management Assistance Grant.  All this just to get prepared for the a training session he attended today at the Clay County Court House along side the County Judge, Emergency Manager, and other Fire Chiefs from Clay County.  Michael Hall says, "we are learning as time goes with the hard Knock, that we learn as we go because we don't really have anyone out their that's telling us you need to do this or you need to do that, point blank."

Learning as he goes, Michael says in all the years of him being Fire Chief he has never had to apply for any federal or state grants.  A daunting task to tackle but Michael just attended a training session put on by the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation on how to properly fill out paperwork when applying for a grant.  A process for sure, and one he feels has many unnecessary steps.

Michael Hall tells Newschannel 6 that aside from the Fire Management Assistance Grant the Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department will apply for aid from the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. They also always depend on personal donations.

The Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department says right now the department is financially stable, but if any big wildfires spark their funds will be drained.  If you would like to donate to the Lake Arrowhead VFD please call (940) 781-4338

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6