The Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department was one of those agencies to receive grant money.
PTVFD Fire Chief Larry Tempel told The Brazil Times the department received just more than $1.2 million through the grant process, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"We're still sorting through it, but it appears to be definite," Tempel said. "We got notification Friday (Oct. 2). But there are still a few hurdles to clear."
Tempel said Posey Township was one of four fire departments in Indiana to receive grant money. The remaining three were the New Whiteland Fire Department, the Valparaiso Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue of Harrison Township in Martinsville.
Posey Township received the most grant money of any of the fire departments awarded in Indiana.
Tempel said the local fire department received help writing its grant proposal from Staunton resident Matt Reed.
"He had heard we were looking to do something and he came by and offered his services," Tempel said.
He added the department had applied for a few other grants within the past year, but did not meet qualifications.
Tempel said the purpose of the grant money is to build a new firehouse. The department has outgrown its current station, located at 407 E. Columbus St., Staunton.
"It's mainly just too small," Tempel said.
Tempel said the original building was constructed in 1911 and housed a church. The fire department was born in 1957 and in 1958, Tempel said a truck bay was added.
"We only have 3-inches of clearance on the side and the trucks are 1-inch from the ceiling," Tempel said. "The rear of the building is 2-feet away from the property line."
Tempel said the department recently purchased property to build the new station on. The property is adjacent to where the current station is housed.
"There really was no room for expansion of that building," Tempel said. "(The grant money) is strictly just for remodeling or new firehouses."
Tempel said in order to receive grant money, departments were judged on firefighting safety, response times and the ability to go green.
"Right now, we're trying to comprehend what we've got," Tempel said. "There's lots of red tape involved. This was a shock to us."
Tempel said his goal is to look into construction of the new fire station by next summer.