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DNR Awards Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants To 50 Fire Departments

Annapolis, Md. (August 23, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service awarded its 2010 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants to 50 local volunteer fire departments across the State. The projects, to be funded in 15 Maryland counties, will assist volunteer fire companies with increasing capacity for wildland fire suppression needs in rural communities.

“The Volunteer Fire Departments in our State are critical to ensuring the safety of Maryland families,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “I am heartened that we are able to support the work of these courageous volunteers and the lives, property and resources they protect.”

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.

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

Grant funds provided by the USDA Forest Service funded 50 applications this year for $104,615 in match-funding to complete $259,617 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 2010 awards:
 

2010 VFA Grant Awards

 

Volunteer Fire Department

County

Project Cost

Award

Arbutus VFRD

Baltimore

$1,700

$850

Baltimore Pike VFC

Allegany

$4,932

$2,466

Barton Hose Company # 1

Allegany

$5,854

$2,927

Bloomington VFC

Garrett

$2,800

$1,400

Boring VFC

Baltimore

$2,210

$1,105

Butler VFD

Baltimore

$2,050

$1,025

Chestertown VFC

Kent

$5,760

$2,880

Church Hill VFC

Queen Anne

$5,794

$2,897

Clarysville VFC

Allegany

$5,170

$2,585

Corriganville VFC

Allegany

$6,200

$3,000

Denton VFC

Caroline

$5,778

$2,889

East New Market VFC

Dorchester

$3,680

$1,740

Easton VFD

Talbot

$6,461

$3,000

Ellerslie VFC

Allegany

$1,300

$650

Elliotts Island VFC

Dorchester

$4,908

$2,454

Fairmount VFC

Somerset

$1,992

$996

Ferndale VFC

Anne Arundel

$7,335

$3,000

First Hose Co of Boonsboro

Washington

$7,800

$3,000

Flintstone VFC

Allegany

$3,000

$1,500

Friendsville VFRD

Garrett

$6,500

$3,000

Fruitland VFD

Wicomico

$6,081

$3,000

Funkstown VFC

Washington

$3,594

$1,797

Gorman VFD

Garrett

$5,920

$2,960

Grasonville VFD

Queen Anne

$1,170

$585

Greensboro VFC

Caroline

$6,070

$1,480

Hurlcok VFC

Dorchester

$6,004

$2,152

Lakes & Straits VFC

Dorchester

$2,875

$1,438

Lansdowne VFC

Baltimore

$3,226

$1,113

LaVale VFD

Allegany

$1,733

$866

Leonardtown VFD

St Marys

$6,040

$3,000

Linkwood VFC

Dorchester

$6,215

$3,000

Madison VFC

Dorchester

$4,145

$2,073

Mt. Aetna

Washington

$7,150

$3,000

Mt. Savage VFD

Allegany

$3,185

$1,500

Mt. Vernon VFD

Somerset

$5,990

$2,545

Neck District VFC

Dorchester

$4,325

$2,163

Odenton VFC

Anne Arundel

$1,715

$858

Oldtown VFD

Allegany

$6,000

$3,000

Oxford VFC

Talbot

$4,200

$2,100

Parsonsburg VFC

Wicomico

$6,400

$3,000

Pocomoke City VFC

Worcester

$3,889

$1,945

Potomac Fire Company # 2

Allegany

$3,400

$1,700

Rawlings VFD

Allegany

$5,537

$2,769

Secretary VFC

Dorchester

$4,640

$2,320

Sharpsburg VFC

Washington

$1,020

$510

Taylors Island VFC

Dorchester

$6,000

$3,000

Trappe VFC

Talbot

$10,243

$3,000

United Communities VFD

Queen Anne

$1,280

$640

Vienna VFC

Dorchester

$5,973

$2,987

Whiteford VFC

Harford

$1,500

$750

Total

 

$226,744

$104,615


   August 23, 2010

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

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