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Marengo County VFDs hold chiefs meeting, receive funds

The Marengo County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments held a Chiefs Meeting Tuesday, August 29, and were presented the 2017 Rural Community Fire Protection Grant that is awarded to each qualified Volunteer Fire Department in the amount of $1,057.

In attendance to present the checks and to show appreciation to the hard-working volunteers was Alabama House District 65 Representative Mrs. Elaine Beech.

The Alabama Legislature appropriates funds and directs the Alabama Forestry Commission to administer the program and distribute funds to every active volunteer fire department in Alabama. Fire departments must use these funds in accordance with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts’ Financial and Compliance Guidelines for Volunteer Fire Departments. Approximately $1 million is distributed to approximately 1,000 fire departments each year.

Marengo County VFD’s presented activity reports for Oct. 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017, from information provided by Marengo County E911 Center. According to those reports, volunteer firefighters responded to 113 forest fires covering a total area of about 490 acres, responded to 116 structure fires, 45 vehicle fires, 612 medical calls that includes vehicle wreck calls, and 136 miscellaneous calls that includes items such as downed trees and gas leaks.

There are 12 qualified VFDs in Marengo County with approximately 312 members county wide. These VFDs train year-round to provide a valuable service to their communities by responding to those in need. Officials representing these departments said they  are always looking for new members to train and serve their communities. For more information, contact a local Volunteer Fire Department.

(This article originally appeared in the Saturday, Sept. 2, print edition of the Demopolis Times.)