Congressman John Shimkus has announced funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to the Nokomis Area Fire Protection District. The grant program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.
Nokomis will be receiving $166,250. The grant is through the Vehicle Acquisition Program, as the district will be purchasing a brush truck.
Fire departments serving less than 20,000 residents are required to provide a five percent non-federal match for these one year grants. Departments serving between 20,000 and 50,000 residents must provide a ten percent match, and larger departments must provide a 20 percent match.