Forestry Commission Teams with Volunteer Fire Departments

Some volunteer fire departments in east central Mississippi are getting some assistance for new gear.

Volunteer firefighting assistance grants will provide the type of uniforms and gear needed to fight wildfires.

The grants are being awarded through the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

"Turnouts for structural firefighting are so heavy," said Bill Kitchings of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. "It's not suited for wildland firefighting and this gives the volunteer firemen better equipment to use in a wildland setting. It's lighter and it's just not as heavy and burdensome as structure turnouts would be in a wildland setting."

Volunteer fire departments in Lauderdale, Newton, Neshoba, Jasper, Leake, Kemper and Scott counties are being awarded the grants. Each grant provides enough funding to outfit ten firefighters.

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