Grants of up to $3,000 to Maryland volunteer fire departments serving rural communities to enhance firefighting capacity. The purpose of this program is to enable fire departments to better suppress and prevent fires in rural areas. Funding may be requested to train, equip, and organize fire departments. Applications for funding should be focused to address wildland fire and wildland urban interface issues and needs for communities at risk from wildfire.
Objectives of the VFA Program:
-Provide financial, technical, and related assistance to rural volunteer fire departments and their communities.
-Enhance firefighter safety and promote the use of wildland personal protective equipment.
-Provide basic wildland fire training classes for volunteer fire department members.
Some examples of acceptable grant projects:
-Wildland personal protective equipment, such as nomex coveralls (not turn out gear)
-Equipping and rehab of Federal Excess Property (FEPP & FFP) or fire department fire equipment
-Equipping of brush units, such as skid units, portable pumps, small diameter fire hose (1 3/4” or less), hand tools, chain saws (not rescue saws), etc
-Communications equipment, such as mobile or portable radios and pagers
-Off-road Utility type vehicle (UTV) for wildland fire use
-Dry Hydrants kits and installations
-Other wildland fire equipping needs
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Estimated Size of Grant:
Invoices or purchase orders and copies of checks showing payment must be dated between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
Monte R. Mitchell, State Fire Supervisor