OFD Awarded Grant, Announces Addition to Department


The Ottumwa Fire Department was recently awarded a grant and used the funds to make an addition to the department.

The grant funding came from the local fire protection and emergency medical service providers grant program, which is established by the State Fire Marshal. The grant program is funded with money from the consumer fireworks fee fund, which is not needed by the state fire marshal to fulfill other responsibilities. The funds were used to purchase Freddie the Fire Truck from Robotronics for $11,538.00.

Freddie has had a busy first week on the job, as it is Fire Prevention Week. Freddie has been visiting the local elementary schools helping firefighters spread this year’s fire safety message “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” If your child comes home saying the fire department said I need to check to see if my window opens, then they are doing what was asked of them.

The Ottumwa Fire Department thanked the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office and State Fire Marshal Dan Wood for their continued support of the Ottumwa Fire Department’s fire prevention program.

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