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2009 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded

44 Volunteer Fire Departments in 14 Counties Receive Funding

ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service awarded its 2009 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants to 44 local volunteer fire departments across the state. The projects to be funded in 14 Maryland counties focus on increasing capacity for wildland fire suppression needs in rural communities.

“I am heartened that we are able to support the courageous work of these volunteers, and the lives, property and resources they protect,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin.

Projects to be funded include wildland personal protective equipment, skid units for building brush trucks, replacing small diameter fire hose, upgrading communications equipment, purchase of Class A foam and other equipment to enhance wildfire suppression. Another 10 volunteer fire departments will also received wildland hand tools used for fire suppression.

“The volunteer fire departments play a vital role in protecting communities from wildfires,” said DNR State Fire Supervisor Monte Mitchell. “The grants help these fire departments increase their effectiveness and safety in combating wildland fires in Maryland.”

Grant funds provided by the USDA Forest Service funded 44 applications this year for $97,567 in match funding to complete $298,500 in total project cost. The maximum grant award equaled 50% of the total project cost with a maximum of $3,000 per department.

The following is a list of 2009 awards:

 

Barton Hose Company # 1

Allegany

$4,318

$2,159

Bedford Road VFD

Allegany

$3,006

$1,502

Bittinger VFD

Garrett

$3,080

$1,540

Bowleys Quarters VFD

Baltimore

$6,000

$3,000

Chestertown VFC

Kent

$5,700

$2,850

Church Creek VFC

Dorchester

$1,539

$769

Clarysville VFC

Allegany

$6,000

$3,000

Clear Spring VFC

Washington

$4,200

$2,100

Corriganville VFC

Allegany

$6,000

$3,000

Cresaptown VFD

Allegany

$6,000

$3,000

Crisfield VFD

Somerset

$3,820

$1,910

East New Market VFC

Dorchester

$4,010

$2,005

Easton VFD

Talbot

$15,000

$3,000

Eldorado Brookview VFC

Dorchester

$4,358

$2,179

Ellerslie VFC

Allegany

$1,934

$967

Ferndale VFC

Anne Arundel

$7,335

$3,000

First Hose Co of Boonsboro

Washington

$2,754

$1,377

Funkstown VFC

Washington

$2,554

$1,277

Glen Bernie VFD

Anne Arundel

$12,064

$3,000

Glyndon VFD

Baltimore

$4,213

$2,107

Good Will VFD (Lonaconing)

Allegany

$7,000

$3,000

Grasonville VFD

Queen Anne

$725

$362

Greensboro VFC

Caroline

$5,389

$2,695

Hereford VFC

Baltimore

$6,376

$3,000

Kingsville VFC

Baltimore

$6,253

$2,000

LaVale VFD

Allegany

$4,800

$2,400

Leitersburg VFD

Washington

$880

$440

Lineboro VFD

Carroll

$2,357

$1,178

Madison VFC

Dorchester

$4,875

$2,438

Marion VFD

Somerset

$6,000

$3,000

Maugansville Goodwill VFC

Washington

$7,400

$3,000

Mt. Savage VFD

Allegany

$8,375

$3,000

Mt. Vernon VFD

Somerset

$3,425

$1,713

Neck District VFC

Dorchester

$3,150

$1,575

Norrisville VFD

Harford

$5,130

$2,565

Oldtown VFD

Allegany

$5,985

$2,500

Potomac Fire Company # 2

Allegany

$6,195

$3,000

Rawlings VFD

Allegany

$22,009

$3,000

Ridge VFD

St Marys

$67,000

$3,000

Secretary VFC

Dorchester

$2,600

$1,300

Shaft VFD

Allegany

$6,375

$3,000

Sharpsburg VFC

Washington

$1,117

$559

Sudlersville VFC

Queen Anne

$6,000

$3,000

United Communities VFD

Queen Anne

$5,199

$2,100

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$298,500

$97,567

 

Fire Departments receiving Small Tools:

 

Arbutus VFRD

Baltimore

Grantsville VFD

Garrett

Kingsville VFC

Baltimore

Midland VFC

Allegany

Oldtown VFD

Allegany

Oxford VFC

Talbot

Pocomoke City VFC

Worcester

Salisbury Fire Company # 2

Wicomico

United Communities VFD

Queen Anne

Whiteford VFC

Harford

 

For more information on the VFA program in Maryland, go to the Forest Service Wildland Fire Management website at: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/wfm.asp and click on Volunteer Fire Assistance.


   August 24, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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