WMD Fire Departments received thousands to cover wildfire protection projects

14 December 2023- 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:

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

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

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