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May 1 is the deadline for rural fire companies to apply for matching grants from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said Col. Edward Jacoby, superintendent of the state Forest Rangers. Projects must be completed by Oct. 2.

Funding can cover safety equipment for firefighters, firefighting equipment for the company, and communications and home alert equipment for

The purchase of major fire apparatus and building construction are not eligible.

Fire companies must be located in towns with populations of less than 10,000.

Priority will be given to companies that serve unprotected or inadequately protected rural communities and those that have not received funding for the past five years under the Rural Community Fire
Protection Program.

For information, call Jacoby at 518-457-5740.

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