CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Fire Department received a grant in the amount of $2,749.95 to pay for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, officer classes and additional department training, Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller announced recently. The grant was awarded to the department by the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE), a board created by the state Legislature and funded by insurance premiums paid by Minnesota homeowners.
“With city budgets decreasing so is our budget for fire. The MBFTE money helps with funding our training,” Chief Lohmiller stated.
The Crosslake Fire Department received grants for a total of $12,691.95 from the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education, Chief Lohmiller noted.
When asked if they could have done the training without the MBFTE grant program, Chief Lohmiller replied, “We could have done some but not all of the training, and this grant money helps with the costs for our new members going through Firefighter I and Firefighter II training. With our budgets decreasing the MBFTE gives us the opportunity to keep up with training that is required to be compliant in the fire service.”