Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division staff presented the Exeter Fire Protection District with a check for $2,989 on Tuesday. The money represents a grant the district received from MDC to purchase needed firefighting equipment. Under the grant program, fire departments provide a 50-50 match. The money received by the Exeter Fire Protection District was used to purchase a pump for the back of the department's new tanker, which is pictured above, a grip torch, three new radios and a GPS unit. Pictured from left, are: J.C. Brattin, president of the District Board; Jerry Craig, MDC resource assistant; Keith Peck, MDC resource technician; and Jim Matthew, Exeter fire chief. This summer, MDC will present 185 departments across Missouri with grants totalling $376,748. Funding for these grants is provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the MDC. During the last 26 years, nearly $5,149,685 has been distributed to rural fire departments through this program, which is aimed at increasing firefighter safety through better firefighting equipment. "Conservation has been very good to us," said Chief Matthew. "When we need help with a fire, they're there and vice versa."