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DNR Awards Grants to 37 Volunteer Fire Departments

Funding to Aid Rural Maryland Communitiesman putting out wildlfire

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance program grants, totaling $88,612, to 37 volunteer fire departments in 15 counties. The funding will help fire crews better prepare for and respond to wildfires in rural areas and communities.

“Volunteer firefighters are a special type of people, working day in and out to provide critical lifesaving and property protection services out of love for their communities,” DNR Secretary Mark Belton said. “We are grateful to be able to provide these hardworking men and women with the resources they need to improve response efforts.”

The grants will help provide skid units for brush trucks, off-road utility vehicles, dry fire hydrants, radios, fire hose, chainsaws, protective gear and other firefighting equipment. Grant funds are provided annually to DNR by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

2015 VFA Grant Awards
Volunteer Fire Dept. County   Grant Award
Arbutus VFRD Baltimore $1,935
Baltimore Pike VFC Allegany $2,977
Bittinger VFD Garrett $2,940
Bloomington VFC Garrett $1,326
Bowmans Addition VFC Allegany $790
Church Hill VFC Queen Anne $2,268
Cobb Island VFD Charles $2,300
Community FC of Millington Kent $2,810
Cordova VFA Talbot $1,340
Eldorado Brookview VFC Dorchester $2,982
Ellerslie VFC Allegany $2,650
Ferndale VFC Anne Arundel $1,312
Funkstown VFC Washington $694
Jacksonville VFC Harford $3,000
Kitzmiller VFD Garrett $3,000
Lakes & Straits VFC Dorchester $2,958
LaVale VFD Allegany $2,456
Linkwood Salem VFC Dorchester $3,000
Longmeadow VFC Washington $2,550
Marion VFD Somerset $3,000
Maugansville Goodwill VFC Washington $1,169
Mt. Savage VFD Allegany $1,419
Mt. Vernon VFD Somerset $2,550
Oakland VFD Garrett $3,000
Oldtown VFD Allegany $3,000
Parsonsburg VFC Wicomico $1,130
Rawlings VFD Allegany $2,750
Rock Hall VFC Kent $3,000
Secretary VFC Dorchester $3,000
Sharpsburg VFC Washington $2,350
Sharptown VFD Wicomico $2,838
Singerly VFC Cecil $3,000
Taylors Island VFD Dorchester $3,000
United Communities VFD Queen Anne $1,118
White Marsh VFC Baltimore $3,000
Whiteford VFC Harford $3,000
Winfield Community VFD Carroll $3,000
Total $88,612