The 2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA) is available for communities with a population of 10,000 or less that do not have adequate fire protection. If qualified, a community may receive up to 50% cost-share toward the purchase of 2-way radios, protective clothing, breathing apparatus, and/or firefighting equipment. A community project to provide smoke detectors for rural residences may also qualify.
Departments currently reporting wildfires (primary responder, mutual aid, and/or “no response”) will receive additional points in the scoring of their VFA application. Applications from departments that have not submitted fire reports in the preceding year will not be considered for VFA funding.
Grant funding for fire hall construction or the purchase of new fire trucks, town sirens, or EMS/rescue equipment supplies are not eligible. Also, purchases made prior to project approval do not qualify. You may not use federal monies from any other source for the local match on these projects. The applying fire district must be NIMS (National Incident Management System) compliant.
To help us cut down on administrative costs, we encourage applications to be submitted electronically through the process below.
However, all applications must be received or postmarked by May 26, 2018.