By Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Department of Conservation is giving the state's rural fire departments a financial boost.
The agency's forestry division is distributing more than $370,000 in grants through August. Each fire department is eligible to get up to $3,000. The money can be used to buy personal protective gear and firefighting equipment for wildfires and structure fires.
Funds are coming from the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Conservation. Local fire departments are required to provide matching funds to get the grants.
State conservation officials say nearly $6 million has been distributed through the grant program over the last 28 years.