The Letts Volunteer Fire Department received a $400,000 grant from Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (IOCRA), and a $15,000 grant from Greensburg’s Community Foundation.
According to Byron Baltus, Assistant Fire Chief, the money is planned to go toward demolishing and rebuilding the existing building. Parts of the current building date to 1895 and have been in need of replacement. The northern part of the building, the truck bay, will be left intact. The truck bay is one of the newest parts of the building.
The Decatur County Commissioner’s office sponsored Letts in the application for the grant, “We’re very appreciative of the Commissioners allowing us to participate in the is program,” Baltus said.
Letts has been working on acquiring the grant for the past year. Receiving a grant from the Community Foundation demonstrated Letts’ seriousness in repairing the old building, and allowed Letts to “score enough points” with IOCRA to receive the $400,000 grant, according to Baltus. Letts had to apply to the Community Foundation, and received the $15,000 from the Community Foundation’s yearly public safety grants.
“We wanna pat IOCRA on the back real hard,” said Baltus, as his expressed his gratitude for being able to repair Letts’ aging building.
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