Good­man Fire District Gets Boost

McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - Sally Car­roll

The Good­man Area Fire Pro­tec­tion District

is fully uti­liz­ing a $3,000 grant from the Forestry Divi­sion of the Mis­souri De­part­ment of

Con­ser­va­tion.

The Good­man Area Fire Pro­tec­tion District is fully uti­liz­ing a $3,000 grant from the Forestry Divi­sion of the Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion.

Good­man Fire Chief Keith Estes said the de­part­ment ap­plied for the grant in Oc­to­ber, and of­fi­cials were no­ti­fied in De­cem­ber that they would re­ceive the grant.

Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion Agent Terry Cook was on hand Tues­day night to present Estes with the check at Fire Sta­tion No. 1.

Estes uti­lized the grant to pur­chase a skid unit, which will be uti­lized for fight­ing brush fires. Estes was re­quired to save and sub­mit all the re­ceipts to MDC for re­im­burse­ment.

In a news re­lease Cook pro­vided, the Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, Forestry Divi­sion, has dis­trib­uted match­ing grant checks to 169 fire de­part­ments to help with the pur­chase of per­sonal pro­tec­tive gear and fire­fight­ing equip­ment for wildlife and struc­ture fire sup­pres­sion ef­forts. MDC has granted $361,564.30 to Mis­souri fire de­part­ments through the match­ing grant fund pro­gram.

The de­part­ment has been the re­cip­i­ent of the grant sev­eral times in the past and Estes is grate­ful for the help. The skid unit costs ap­prox­i­mately $9,600 and the $3,000 to­ward that to­tal comes in handy.

With the crazy tem­per­a­tures, rain can bring a lot of growth in brush, but then that brush dies off in the win­ter, Estes said. Sum­mer­time can be bad for brush fires, but so can win­ter, he said.

In Fe­bru­ary 2015, New­ton County ex­pe­ri­enced a record num­ber of brush and grass fires in that month, es­pe­cially in com­par­i­son for the en­tire year.

SALLY CAR­ROLL/MCDON­ALD COUNTY PRESS

Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion Agent Terry Cook presents Good­man Fire Chief Keith Estes with a $3,000 check at Fire Sta­tion No. 1 Tues­day night. Estes used the grant to pur­chase a skid unit, which will be uti­lized for fight­ing brush fires.

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