Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD)
Grants of up to $20,000 to Wyoming rural fire departments to improve fire suppression and prevention capacity. Funding is intended to enhance fire protection capabilities in rural communities by equipping, training, and organizing fire services. Funding priority is given to communities demonstrating the highest need.
Funding provided through VFA should be focused to address wildland urban interface issues and needs for communities at risk in the wildland urban interface. Issues and needs include firefighter safety and training, enhancing community water supply and delivery capabilities, communications, and equipping.
The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill (PL 101-624) to provide financial, technical, and other assistance through Wyoming State Forestry Division (WSFD) to organize, equip, and train small, local fire departments in rural communities with populations under 10,000 to prevent and suppress rural fires. Work contributes to healthy forests, forest stewardship, and sustainable economic development. VFA dollars may be used to fund multi-community/fire department projects such as mutual-aid communications networks.
Use(s) of funding (personal protective equipment; conversion of Federal Excess Personal Property to fire apparatus; improvement of radio communications capability; installation of dry fire hydrants, cisterns, and other measures to improve water supplies; purchase of water and foam delivery equipment such as portable pumps, hoses, foam proportioners, air compressors, foam concentrate, portable water tanks; training of rural firefighters; organizing new fire departments; fire prevention activities).
Applications must meet criteria for the following categories:
GrantWatch ID#: 164454
The total reimbursement may not exceed $20,000.
VFA grants are awarded for a period of one year.
VFA Application Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfnibCEGgO_hYue6vXUJbRuEllgR4fMmHMrVyORmrtpfYVAxQ/viewform
Direct questions to:
Chris Fallbeck, Assistant Fire Management Officer
Wyoming State Forestry Division
5500 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82002
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