STARK CITY — A local area fire protection district received a check from the Missouri Department of Conservation's VFA (Volunteers Firefighters Assistance program), a 50/50 matching grant program.

STARK CITY — A local area fire protection district received a check from the Missouri Department of Conservation's VFA (Volunteers Firefighters Assistance program), a 50/50 matching grant program.
"We received a $3,000 check," Midway Area Fire Protection District Chief James Palmer said.
Applications are sent out to the departments, they are filled out by the fire departments and sent back in with what they would like to use the grant for.
"We purchased what is called a skid unit for this pickup. it is a water tank with a pump to be used for brush or natural cover fire," he said. "We are very appreciative of the conservation department, they have supported us with equipment and all sort of stuff."
The district has around 20 volunteer firefighters.
"We are in our third year of being Midway, so now we have tax funding and that is proved very beneficial to the area," he said. "Midway is the combination of old Fairview and Stark City (fire departments)."
Terry Cook with the conservation department, presented the check on Tuesday at the Midway fire station located in Stark City.
"We are elated to help these fire departments, I just wish we could give more money," said Cook. "For what they do, for a volunteer, no pay, whether it is January at 3 a.m. for a chimney fire, or whether it is 100 degrees outside for a grass fire, these guys are there.... these matching grants are just a small drop in the bucket. We greatly appreciate what they do."