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October 30, 2013

3 fire departments receive grants

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

Three Tri-County fire departments are among 62 rural fire departments to receive grants through the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program, according to Jennifer Turner, public information officer for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

The local departments were Oak Grove in Whitley County, which received $2,938; Woodbine, also in Whitley County, which received $4,847; and West Knox in Knox County, which was awarded $4,875.

The grant aims to help departments that serve populations of up to 10,000 people to better fight wildfires. Turner said the grants are often used to buy training materials, pumps, hoses, tanks and other equipment.

A total of $195,000 was awarded to the 62 Kentucky fire departments. Funding for the program is provided by the USDA Forest Service and administered by the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

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