District 40 Representative Douglas House announced the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Board has awarded $182,284 in grants to 10 rural volunteer fire departments in the district.

District 40 encompasses north Pulaski and south Faulkner counties.

Grants were funded by an Arkansas General Assembly 2013 General Improvement Fund appropriation to each House and Senate District.

Representatives Mark Perry and Mark Lowry, House said, coordinated recommendations along with House.

In traveling my House District, I am impressed with the dedication of our Firefighters. With a minimum of resources, they invest their time and personal money to buy parts, material, equipment, and supplies to work on their stations and maintain their equipment. They train like soldiers to go in harm’s way to protect us with no expectation but to save lives and property. It was an honor to recommend these grants," House said. "Our rural volunteer fire departments need young people seeking adventure, comradeship, and challenge. Our firefighters rescue people from accidents, administer first aid, clear roads after storms, barricade flooded roads, as well as fight fires. I believe that each of us owes service to the nation, state, or community, and to serve a good greater than our own. While the military usually comes to mind, serving as a firefighter is equally honorable and rewarding service."

Grants were given as follows:

Beaverfork Volunteer Fire Department, $18,034

North Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Runyon Acres Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Highway 286 Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Gravel Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Saltillo Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Cato Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250

Mayflower Volunteer Fire Department, $18,250