Fire de­part­ments awarded grants

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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 Mar yland For­est Ser vice 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 Caro­line, Golds­boro VFC re­ceived a $2,038 grant, $4,076 project; Greens­boro VFC re­ceived $3,000 grant, $11,000 project; and Ridgely VFD re­ceived $2,350 grant, $4,700 project.

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