Fire de­part­ments re­ceive grants

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

AN­NAPO­LIS — The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources re­cently an­nounced the 2018 Vol­un­teer Fire As­sis­tance grants to 49 vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments. The projects, dis­trib­uted through­out 17 coun­ties, aim to as­sist vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments en­hance wild­land fire pro­tec­tion in ru­ral ar­eas and com­mu­ni­ties.

The Mary­land For­est Ser­vice awarded $104,099 in match fund­ing to com­plete $245,907 in to­tal projects. The max­i­mum grant awarded was $3,000 per depart­ment. The funds are pro­vided by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture For­est Ser­vice.

“This es­sen­tial grant fund­ing will help equip and train lo­cal fire com­pa­nies and de­part­ments through­out the state,” Mary­land State Fire Su­per­vi­sor Monte Mitchell said. “Through this fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to ru­ral vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments, we seek to im­prove emer­gency re­sponse, fire­fighter safety and wild­land fire sup­pres­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

In Queen Anne’s County, Queen An­neHills­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany re­ceived a $3,00 grant to­ward a $6,385 project, and Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany re­ceived a $1,686 grant to­ward a $3,371 project.

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