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$5 million in grant money made available to South Dakota volunteer fire departments

Danger is always a possibility for South Dakota’s volunteer firefighters.  That’s why Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation in March appropriating $5 million to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) “for the purpose of purchasing individual firefighter safety equipment.” 

The DPS State Fire Marshal’s office in partnership with the South Dakota Firefighters Association announce the availability of grant funding for Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) whose membership is at least 70% unpaid and volunteer firefighters.  Grants can be used to purchase personal protective equipment for firefighters such as helmets, coats, pants, gloves, boots, breathing apparatuses, and other personal gear.

“Our volunteer firefighters don’t hesitate to enter burning buildings when it’s needed to save lives and property,” said DPS Cabinet Secretary Craig Price. “They deserve to have the gear needed to protect South Dakota families and property, so they can safely return home to their own.”

VFDs across the state reported a significant drop in local donations as the pandemic stalled fundraising efforts for two years. As a result, key equipment purchases and replacements, including personal protective equipment, were delayed, or even canceled altogether.

“We’re extremely grateful to Governor Noem and our legislators for their efforts these past two years to support volunteer fire departments and firefighters. Our job is to make sure the funds are distributed to where the need is the greatest and we’ll do just that,” said South Dakota Firefighters Association President Charles Kludt. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Volunteer Fire Departments can expect to receive a paper copy of the application packet via U.S. mail and e-mail.

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