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RURAL FIRE DEFENSE

INCOG administers the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry’s Rural Fire Defense Program. This program protects life and property across the state through the hard work of 880 fire departments that are part of this program. INCOG helps to coordinate the efforts of nearly 70 mostly volunteer rural fire departments in Creek, Osage, and Tulsa counties and in communities whose population does not exceed 10,000 residents.

INCOG’s involvement helps to secure funding and equipment for the departments and helps to facilitate training and assistance from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. Because of this program, residents pay far less in insurance premiums for their homes and property.

One of the most successful programs that directly enhances the effectiveness of the rural fire departments is the Federal Excess Personal Property Program (FEPP). Any Oklahoma community, organized fire district, or fire department with an assigned or assumed fire suppression responsibility is eligible to receive federal excess property by agreeing to the terms of
a Cooperative Fire Equipment Loan Agreement between the fire department and Oklahoma Forestry Services. Recipients are required to upgrade the equipment including painting and retro-fitting it for fire suppression needs. Once upgraded, the fire departments are granted title to the equipment by the U.S. Department of Defense.


In 2009, INCOG was able to facilitate the procurement of more than 40 trucks for those departments under the INCOG jurisdiction.Pictured is just one example of how the volunteer fire fighters restore and upgrade these excess trucks into tools for effective fire fighting.

In addition, INCOG facilitates training opportunities for the rural firefighters and administers nearly $287,000 in operational grants annually.

Click here for a map of the departments served in Creek County.

Click here for a map of the departments served in Osage County.

Click here for a map of the departments served in Tulsa County.

 

Click here for a great article featuring the Pershing Volunteer Fire Department