Rural fire departments receive large grant for lifesaving equipment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     |    August 24, 2020




Rural fire departments receive large grant for lifesaving equipment


MANDAN, ND –Morton County Emergency Management assisted the Mandan Rural Fire District to obtain a large regional grant under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program under the guidance of FEMA.  The $620,849.50 grant includes personal protective equipment (PPE), self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) harnesses, backpacks and face masks for each department.


The Federal and Local share is as follows:

  • Federal Share: $591,285.24
  • Local Share: $29,564.26 (Approximately 4.7%) from local department funds


The grant period is August 18, 2020 to August 17, 2021. During that time, Mandan Rural, Flasher, Glen Ullin, New Salem and Hebron Fire Districts can be reimbursed for eligible purchases.  Almont Fire did not wish to participate in the application. 


Morton County Emergency Management will work closely with the Mandan Rural Fire District, as the applicant agency, to meet all the grant requirements and documentation for equipment purchases.


“This was a terrific collaborative effort between agencies, and we are absolutely thrilled to receive this very impactful grant,” said Mandan Rural Fire Chief Lynn Gustin. “This is a huge win for us.”


“We are very excited for our rural fire departments who bravely serve our county in emergencies,” said Emergency Manager Cody Mattson. “This grant is an important component of the larger, coordinated effort to strengthen our overall level of preparedness and ability to respond to fire and related hazards in Morton County.”


The AFG is a highly competitive federal assistance grant that allows fire departments the opportunity to obtain lifesaving equipment they need to perform their jobs safely and effectively.








WHO: Mandan Rural Fire District and Morton County Emergency Management

WHAT: Media Availability and photos/video opportunity during demonstration of new equipment

WHERE: Mandan Rural Fire 3014 34th St NW, Mandan

WHEN: Thursday, August 27 at 6:00pm

WHY: To provide interview availability and showcase new equipment

INTERVIEWS:Mandan Rural Fire Chief Lynn Gustin and Emergency Manager Cody Mattson will be available to answer media questions.