Grants totaling $175,000 were distributed among 83 fire stations in Arkansas. Funds are used for water supply equipment, communications equipment and items to support medical responses.
Program funding is through Act 864 of the Arkansas legislature. Funds are transferred through the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission and are administered by the Arkansas Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils.
The goal of the Rural Fire Protection Program is to assist Arkansas fire departments as the strive to protect life and property. The check was presented to the Dell Fire Department by the East Arkansas RC&D Council, Inc.