(KWLM/Olivia MN-) Several fire departments across the state, including departments serving the Olivia area, can move forward on plans to better serve their communities thanks to grants from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD).
The SFMD recently awarded a total of $150,000 in Service Planning Grants.
The grants ranged from approximately $19,000 to just over $36,000.
The City of Olivia has been awarded $25,000, to be allocated to the Olivia, Bird Island, and Danube fire departments. Officials say the funds will be used to explore how the departments can better serve their communities by being more efficient with available financial, equipment, and personnel resources.