- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The State Fire Marshal’s office is offering a new grant program to help recruit firefighters to volunteer or part-time departments around the state.

The $200,000 Fire Marshal Fee Fund will pay for firefighter safety gear, physical exams and other regionally shared equipment. The grants will not require local matches.

The Hutchinson News reports (https://bit.ly/2aIRKjo ) State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen announced the new grant program during a meeting of the Kansas State Firefighters Association.

The grant program also could be used to fund youth Explorer programs, to help interested young people learn about firefighting.

The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 3, with funding available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The agency will announced awards by Dec. 1.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, https://www.hutchnews.com

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