Lo­cal fire squads re­ceive share of VDOF grants

Rappahannock News - - NATURE • MEETINGS • CROSSWORD -

The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Forestry awarded just un­der $200,00 in grants to 140 vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments across the state — in­clud­ing four in Rap­pa­han­nock County.

Through the Vol­un­teer Fire As­sis­tance pro­gram, the Castle­ton, Wash­ing­ton, Sper­ryville and Amissville fire com­pa­nies were awarded grants rang­ing from $1,113 to $2,000. (Castle­ton was awarded $1,113; Wash­ing­ton $1,318; Sper­ryville $1,500; and Amissville $2,000).

The VFA grants — rang­ing statewide from $315 to $2,435 — will be used for such pur­chases as per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tions gear, wa­ter tanks for brush trucks, wild­land fire spe­cialty tools and train­ing ma­te­ri­als. A to­tal of 171 fire de­part­ments ap­plied for grants this year, 140 of which were ap­proved. The re­quests for sup­port to­taled more than $1.1 mil­lion, far more than the $199,942.89 VDOF had avail­able.

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