Cove Acres Volunteer Fire Dept. gets grant


The Cove Acres Volunteer Fire Department has received a grant in the amount of $195,000 from the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The grant money will be used to purchase a new 3,000 gallon Pumper/Tanker combination vehicle to be utilized in the Cove Acres community in NE Comanche County. Grant funding will be used to replace the current 32-year-old, 1977 International 1800-gallon tanker owned by the Oklahoma Forestry Department.

"We are very fortunate to have been selected as a recipient of the 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The purchase of the state-of-the-art Pumper/Tanker truck will benefit the surrounding communities and the residents we serve.  The fact that we are working to provide services on a regional basis made this grant much more competitive. Given the Fire Department's budget constraints, this grant will have a tremendous impact on updating equipment critical for the Department to continue to provide fire suppression services to our community," said Matthew Eccles, Cove Acres Volunteer Fire Department Chief.

Just two years ago, the Cove Acres Volunteer Fire Department received a vehicle grant from the State of Oklahoma Forestry Department. Over the last three years, the Cove Acres VFD has seen the average age of their vehicles go from 44-years-old to 8-years-old.

As always, the Cove Acres Vol. Fire Department need donations from the community to operate, as they do not receive city funding and only receives $5,100 a year from the State of Oklahoma.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Program Directorate (GPD), in consultation with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awards grants to the fire departments every year. This is done to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel.