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City, County Fire Departments, EMS Partnering To Apply For Regional Communications Grant
Sep16

City, County Fire Departments, EMS Partnering To Apply For Regional Communications Grant

An interlocal agreement approved this week by Hopkins County Commissioners Court signaled the start of a partnership among city and county firefighters and the local EMS service, formed to go after a regional communications grant. Hopkins County Fire Marshal Andy Endsley said while the interlocal agreement is between the City of Sulphur Springs Fire Department, Hopkins County Fire Department and Hopkins County EMS, the regional...

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Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program Grant Helps Dike VFD Fund New Custom-Build Brush Truck
Jan28

Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program Grant Helps Dike VFD Fund New Custom-Build Brush Truck

DIKE, Texas – Dike Volunteer Fire Department recently replaced a 1976 brush truck with a new custom-build brush truck thanks to a cost share grant through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. Dike VFD received $100,000 from Texas A&M Forest Service during the RVFDAP 2020 funding cycle. Dike VFD Chief A.G.Sandifeer, Assistant Chief, Firefighter Joel Pace, Jack Towers, and Texas A&M Forest Service Regional...

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Hopkins County Fire Department To Benefit From SAFER, SRA Grants
Oct28

Hopkins County Fire Department To Benefit From SAFER, SRA Grants

Hopkins County Commissioners Court, during the regular court session Monday morning, formally accepted two grants to benefit the fire department. County officials were notified earlier this fall that Hopkins County Fire Department has been selected to benefit from SAFER grant and Thursday was presented with $20,000 Sabine River Authority Community Assistance Program Grant. County officials had to formally accept the grants in court...

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Winnsboro’s Ogburn VFD Receives $200,000 Forest Service Grant
Dec14

Winnsboro’s Ogburn VFD Receives $200,000 Forest Service Grant

WINNSBORO, Texas — The Ogburn Volunteer Fire Department, 6308 FM2088, Winnsboro, recently received a $200,000 grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service. The funds went toward securing a new large brush truck through the Rural VFD Assistance Program. The reliability of the vehicle is what makes this truck so valuable to the department. It can carry four firefighters and a driver/operator and has plenty of room to store all of...

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North Hopkins Volunteer Fire Department Benefits from Forest Service Grant
Oct30

North Hopkins Volunteer Fire Department Benefits from Forest Service Grant

With over 85 percent of Texas fire departments being operated by volunteers, funding for essential equipment and training can be hard to come by. The Texas Legislature allocates funding to Texas A&M Forest Service for pass-through grants to Texas volunteer fire departments in an effort to help them better protect lives and property. This year the agency received $24.3 million to distribute to volunteer fire departments through the...

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Everyone Counts In The US Census, Which Begins In March
Feb25

Everyone Counts In The US Census, Which Begins In March

It’s time for the U.S. Census. Everyone who lives in the United States is required by law to participate. The Census Bureau is also required by law to protect all answers. Responses are only used to produce statistics; no personal information is allowed to be disclosed, according to the Census Bureau website. The results of the U.S. Census 2020 are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services....

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Commissioners Court Agrees To Tax Incentive For Dike Solar Farm, EMP Credits For TxDOT Bridge Projects
Sep22

Commissioners Court Agrees To Tax Incentive For Dike Solar Farm, EMP Credits For TxDOT Bridge Projects

Increases To Jail & HCFD Budgets, Longevity Pay, OSSF Fees Also Approved Hopkins County Commissioners Court Monday approved several items during a special session, including a tax incentive for a Dike solar farm, equivalent match credits for bridge projects and increases to jail and fire department budgets, longevity pay for county employees and OSSF fees. 381 Agreement Hopkins Energy LLC project boundary as originally proposed to...

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