Nehawka Rural Volunteer Fire District and Plattsmouth Rural Fire District recently learned they are recipients of 2017 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants.

Nehawka received $1,100 and Plattsmouth received $3,300 to use for projects that support their missions of protecting lives and property during wildfires.

This year, 70 rural fire districts received more than $219, 000 in direct funding from the grant, aiding in the completion of $585,633 worth of projects and acquisitions around the state. Due to the high demand, the maximum award was $5,000 per application.

“The VFA grants are an extremely beneficial asset to firefighting in Nebraska. With these dollars, fire districts are able to focus on their priority needs without sacrificing the many services they provide to folks in their communities,” said NFS Deputy Director John Erixson.

Awards are utilized for departments’ priority requests such as personal protective equipment, prevention and communication gear. Nearly $3.5 million has been awarded to 368 fire departments and partners around the state in the past 20 years.

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