The Arkansas Forestry Commission's Rural Fire Program received $237,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to purchase and distribute wildfire suppression kits to volunteer fire departments across the state in 2019. The local fire departments to receive the kits include Buford, Calico Rock, Oxford, Mammoth Spring and Ash FlatLocal volunteer fire departments are the primary partner to AFC crews in suppressing wildfires, but they often need specialized equipment and gear necessary for safe wildfire suppression. Through the Rural Fire Program, more than 300 volunteer fire departments have received wildfire suppression kits since 2014.Volunteer fire departments who wish to participate in the 2020 Wildfire Suppression Kit program or have questions can contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten by email at Kathryn.Mahan.@agriculture.arkansas.gov or by phone at 501-679-3183.
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