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2017 Rural Fire Protection Program

Grants to Vermont Rural Towns to Improve
Fire Suppression Amenities and Equipment

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Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD) - Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Vermont rural towns to enhance firefighting capacity. Priority will be given to the installation of dry hydrants and other types of rural water supplies. Eligible projects may also include the replacement, repair and upgrade, or relocation of existing rural water supplies.

The goals of the program are to:
-Save lives, by reducing response time and improving both public and firefighter safety.
-Enable fire fighters to have quicker, easier, and safer year round drafting capability.
-Reduce risks to property and natural resources, both public and private.
-Lower insurance premiums, both public and private.

A final site inspection will be conducted by Troy Dare, Task Force Engineering Technician to check the following:

-Standpipe painted. The paint helps reduce ultra-violet ray breakdown and identify dry hydrant location.

-Hydrant protected by guard posts. Guard posts need to strategically placed to deflect vehicles and fire apparatus from damaging the connection point or other parts of the system; 6x6's, large stones, concrete blocks etc. preferred.)

-Maximum Suction Lift does not exceed 15 feet. Maximum Suction Lift is the vertical measured distance from the surface of the estimated low water level to the eye of the pump.

-Year round access provided. The access to the dry hydrant is adequate for fire apparatus and will be kept clear and plowed year round.

-Signage - NO PARKING - Fire Lane mounted on an 8' sign post, or something similar that keeps the sign visible at all times. (This can be a standard reflective dry hydrant sign or a custom, more aesthetically pleasing sign; as long as it says, "No Parking - Fire Lane," it's adequate.)

-Maintenance Record established with first back flush and maximum flow test recorded. Please MAX flow test the hydrant until pump reaches cavitation. Along with other important information about the new RFP system, the maximum flow rate is submitted to VT Enhanced 911 for inclusion in the VT State Emergency Response Systems databases. The known max flow rate can be used for training purposes and help monitor the integrity of the system.

Maintenance Required:

Dry Hydrants, although relatively simple in concept, have maintenance requirements to remain efficient and operational. Once the system is complete, the maintenance required includes:

-Repainting of any exposed PVC pipe as necessary.
-An annual back-flush and test of the system.
-Maintaining vehicle access year-round.
-Replacing NO PARKING - Fire Lane signage when necessary.
-Other maintenance protocols for other types of rural water supplies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180665

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $4,000 per project/system.

Term of Contract:

All project work must be completed by November 1, 2017, unless an extension is authorized. All 2017 grants with approved extensions that are not completed by November 15, 2018 will be terminated and no payment made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Rural Vermont towns may apply.

Priority will be given to the 42 towns that have not completed the VT State grant funded Rural Fire Protection system: Alburg, Andover, Avery’s Gore, Barnard, Barnet, Barre (City), Brighton, Burlington, Buel’s Gore, Chester, Fairlee, Fair Haven, Ferdinand, Franklin, Glastenbury, Jamaica, Kirby, Langrove, Lewis, Lemmington, Ludlow, Panton, Peru, Pittsford, Proctor, Richmond, Ripton, Rutland (City), Searsburg, Somerset, South Burlington, St. Albans (City), St. George Stannard, Vergennes, Warners Grant, Warren Gore, Weston, West, Rutland, Winhall, Winooski, and Williston.

Pre-Application Information:

A 25% local match of total project cost is required. Match can be met through cash contributions, pre-owned material, and/or in-kind services such as volunteer time and equipment usage.

Application deadlines are April 1, June 1, and August 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Troy Dare, Program Manager

Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force
C/O Vermont Association of Conservation Districts (VACD)
Rural Fire Protection Program
14 Crab Apple Ridge
Randolph, VT 05060

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Vermont: 42 towns that have not completed the VT State grant funded Rural Fire Protection system