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Maryland Forest Service Awards Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants for 2023

Funding provided to 52 volunteer fire departments in 17 counties

Photo of firefighters training in a wooded area

Volunteer Fire Assistance grants provide funding for local fire departments to purchase certain types of equipment and training to combat wildland fires. Maryland DNR photo.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants to 52 volunteer fire departments across the state to enhance wildland fire protection in rural communities.

For 2023, the Maryland Forest Service awarded grant funds totaling $149,325 in match funding for $390,502 in total project costs. Generally the grants cover 50 percent of project cost, with a maximum grant award of $3,500 per department. The grants include federal funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Wildland firefighting projects and purchases that receive awards include personal protective equipment, fire hoses and related equipment, power tools such as chainsaws or leaf blowers, fire engines and pumping units, utility and all-terrain vehicles, and certain types of training. 

2023 VFA grant recipients by county, along with the grant amount and total project cost in parentheses, are:

Allegany County

Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Company

Borden Shaft Volunteer Fire Company No. 1

Bowman’s Addition Volunteer Fire Company

Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company

Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company

Good Will Volunteer Fire Company

LaVale Volunteer Fire Department

Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Company

Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department

Potomac Fire Company No. 2

Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department

Baltimore County

English Consul Volunteer Firemen’s Association

Essex Volunteer Fire Company

Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company

Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company

North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department

Calvert County
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department

Caroline County

Goldsboro Volunteer Fire Company

Greensboro Volunteer Fire Company

Carroll County

Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department
Carroll County

Manchester Volunteer Fire Engine and Hook and Ladder Company No. 1

Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company

Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department

Cecil County

Community Fire Company of Rising Sun

Charles County

Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services

Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department

Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department

Dorchester County

East New Market Volunteer Fire Department

Eldorado-Brookview Volunteer Fire Department

Neck District Volunteer Fire Company

Vienna Volunteer Fire Company

Frederick County

Walkersville Volunteer Rescue Company

Garrett County

Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department

Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company

Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department

Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department

Harford County

Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company

St. Mary’s County

Ridge Volunteer Fire Department

Somerset County

Marion Fire Department

Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Company

Talbot County

Queen Anne Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company

Tilghman Volunteer Fire Company

Washington County

Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company

First Hose Company of Boonsboro

Hancock Fire Company

Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company

Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Department

Potomac Valley Fire Company

Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company

Wicomico County

Powellville Volunteer Fire Company

Worcester County

Stockton Volunteer Fire Company

More information about the Volunteer Fire Grant Assistance program is available on the DNR website.