The money will be used to build props and facilities such as a flashover chamber, car fire prop and fire hydrants among other things. These are realistic training exercises that will help save the lives of firemen in critical moments.
"We wouldn't be able to do this training without the grants," said Fire Chief Bill Newgent.
In the past, firefighters traveled to Terre Haute or Indianapolis to receive this training. A mobile training station has also been established for the more than 1,000 volunteer firefighters.
The county commissioners provided land for the training site. Very little money has been put into the project due to donations that have been made.
John Shafer, training coordinator for District 7, is responsible for writing the grants.