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
$2,872 
($5,743.20)

First Hose Company of Boonsboro
$3,250 
($6,500)

Hancock Fire Company
$3,500 
($8,000)

Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company
$2,820 
($5,639.85)

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company
$1,420 
($2,840)

Mt. Aetna Volunteer Fire Department
$3,275 
($6,549) 

Potomac Valley Fire Company
$1,888 
($3,775)

Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company
$3,194 
($6,387) 

Allegany County

Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire Company
$2,131 
($4,261)

Borden Shaft Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
$2,805 
($5,610)

Bowman’s Addition Volunteer Fire Company
$3,125 
($6,250)

Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company
$3,500 
($28,000)

Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company
$3,300 
($6,600)

Good Will Volunteer Fire Company
$3,140 
($6,279.80) 

LaVale Volunteer Fire Department
$2,405 
($4,810)

Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Company
$3,500 
($7,000)

Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department
$3,000
($6,000) 

Potomac Fire Company No. 2
$2,348 
($4,695)

Rawlings Volunteer Fire Department
$3,500 
($8,000) 

Frederick County

Walkersville Volunteer Rescue Company
$3,500 
($7,000) 

Garrett County

Bittinger Volunteer Fire Department
$3,500 
($7,000) 

Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company
$3,443 
($6,885)

Eastern Garrett Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
$3,500 
($7,300)

Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department
$3,083 
($6,165.88)