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DNR Awards Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants to 37 Fire Departments

Annapolis, Md. (August 29, 2012) ─  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service is giving Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 37 volunteer fire departments across the State this year. DNR will help fund projects in 15 counties to provide these men and women with the tools to better fight wildfires in rural communities.

“I am heartened that we are able to support the efforts of these selfless volunteers who give their time and energy to help protect our State’s citizens, property and natural resources,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin.

This year’s grants will help provide wildland personal protective gear, Class A foam, and upgraded radio communications equipment. The funds will also go toward supplying departments with equipment for brush trucks, engines, tankers, and other tools to enhance wildfire suppression, and replacing small diameter hoses.

“These grants help the departments purchase much needed wildland fire equipment that they may otherwise not be able to afford,” said DNR State Fire Supervisor Monte Mitchell. “The new gear will help them safely and more effectively protect their communities from wildfires.”

Grant funds provided by the USDA Forest Service funded 37 applications this year for $93,009 in DNR matching funding to complete the $200,624 in total project cost. The maximum grant award equaled 50 percent of the total project cost with a maximum of $3,000 grant per department.

The following is a list of 2012 awards:
 

2012 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Awards

 
 

Volunteer Fire Department

County

Project Cost

Award

 

 

 

 

Baden VFD

Prince George’s

$5,548

$2,774

Barton Hose Company # 1

Allegany

$6,618

$3,000

Benedict VFD

Charles

$6,025

$3,000

Bloomington VFC

Garrett

$5,781

$2,891

Clear Spring VFC

Washington

$5,064

$2,532

Corriganville VFC

Allegany

$6,000

$3,000

District 16 VFD

Allegany

$6,885

$3,000

East New Market VFC

Dorchester

$5,259

$2,630

Eldorado Brookview VFC

Dorchester

$5,926

$2,963

Ellerslie VFC

Allegany

$1,600

$800

English Consul VFD

Baltimore

$5,962

$2,963

Ferndale VFC

Anne Arundel

$7,892

$3,000

Flintstone VFC

Allegany

$5,994

$2,997

Funkstown VFC

Washington

$5,904

$2,952

Galena VFC

Kent

$3,687

$1,844

Goldsboro VFC

Caroline

$7,000

$3,000

Grasonville VFD

Queen Anne

$3,500

$1,750

Hancock VFC

Washington

$4,200

$2,100

Hebron VFD

Wicomico

$6,457

$3,000

Hereford VFC

Baltimore

$7,025

$3,000

Jacksonville VFC

Baltimore

$6,336

$3,000

Kennedysville VFC

Kent

$5,468

$2,734

Kitzmiller VFD

Garrett

$12,340

$3,000

Lakes & Straits VFC

Dorchester

$2,985

$1,493

LaVale VFD

Allegany

$2,184

$1,092

Longmeadow VFC

Washington

$1,775

$888

Marion VFD

Somerset

$3,489

$1,745

Mt. Savage VFD

Allegany

$4,000

$2,000

Mt. Vernon VFD

Somerset

$5,300

$2,650

Neck District VFC

Dorchester

$5,060

$2,530

New Market VFD

Frederick

$5,987

$2,994

Norrisville VFC

Harford

$4,651

$2,326

Oldtown VFD

Allegany

$6,000

$3,000

Potomac Fire Company # 2

Allegany

$3,940

$1,970

Potomac Valley VFC

Washington

$4,800

$2,400

Rawlings VFD

Allegany

$5,982

$2,991

Vienna VFC

Dorchester

$8,000

$3,000

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$200,624

$93,009


   August 29, 2012

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

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