Sen. Don White is encouraging volunteer fire companies that serve rural areas and communities that have fewer than 10,000 residents, and where brush fires are common, to apply for grants of up to $7,500 for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.
The funds are available through the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program, which is administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The funding may be used to buy portable radios, installing dry hydrants, performing wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training firefighters, or converting and maintaining vehicles to be used in fire suppression.
In 2012, more than a half million dollars was awarded to more than 140 fire companies. The program has distributed nearly $10 million since it started in 1982. Interested companies can submit an online application through the DCNR’s eGrant page by 4 p.m. on May 23rd.