Jackson County Task Force rural fire departments received $8,956.32,in reimbursement checks from FEMA on Monday, Nov. 25, for their efforts in fighting a fire that occurred at Meers / Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, in Sept. 2011.
“I’ve been staying on top of this trying to get them to issue something and so they have finally issued us checks,” Jackson County Emergency Management Director Wayne Cain said. Cain reported a collection of over $30,000 in reimbursements from FEMA within the last year for rural fire departments within the county. Reimbursements are for any incurred damages, and use of equipment, fuel, and manpower while assisting during rural fires that take place in other counties.
City of Altus Fire Chief commented, “Wayne needs to be recognized for his persistence in staying on top of these matters. He’s the key player in us getting reimbursements from these large wild land fires that our County Task Force responds to. Being a State recognized County Task Force makes it easier to get reimbursement, and finally were officially formed last year so that makes a big difference also. Especially with rural volunteer departments, all this money really does make a big difference to us. Everybody’s budget is tight. Any reimbursement we can get is a great value to all the departments. Wayne just really stayed on top of it and has done us a great service to get us this reimbursements.”
For assisting at the Meers fire, Altus Fire Department received $3,973.79, Blair Fire Dept., $2,013.65, Friendship Fire Dept., $1,608.75, Headrick Fire Dept., $465.75, Duke Fire Dept., $438.75, and Elmer Fire Dept., $455.63. A representative for Elmer was not present at the time that the checks were issued.