Forest Home VFD applies for grant

Published 4:11 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Forest Home Volunteer Fire Department is hoping the fourth time is the charm.

The volunteer fire department is applying for a $300,000 grant to build a new fire station. Previously, the fire department has applied through ADECA, but this time the grant application is going through FEMA, said volunteer Mary Till.

“We have a better chance of approval because we do not have to wait in line,” said Till. “We just have to hope for the best.”

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During the July meeting of the county commission, the fire department asked the county to provide in-kind work if the grant is approved. The county agreed.

Fire chief Mickey Sexton estimated the amount of in-kind work to be $20,000. Having the county’s agreement to provide in-kind service increases the likelihood of the grant’s acceptance, said Till. – From Staff Reports