Iowa fire departments receive federal grants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Seven Iowa fire departments will receive nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The funds, announced Wednesday by Sen. Tom Harkin, will be used to increase the effectiveness of fire operations and to support firefighter safety.

The largest grants of more than $60,000 go to departments in Calamus, Walker, and Sumner.

The Huxley Fire Department will receive nearly $42,000 and Manilla more than $22,000.

The Wapello County Rural Fire Department was awarded more than $19,000 and Troy Mills, more than $3,600.

Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and was a co-sponsor of the legislation that authorized the program.

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