OHIO VALLEY — State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) announced the release of funds by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry to assist local fire departments, including volunteer departments, with training and equipment costs.
“I am pleased to hear that several of our local fire departments will benefit from the Volunteer Fire Association Grants,” said Hoagland. “These funds are necessary to ensure that high-quality service is maintained for the local communities.”
The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants (VFA) provide federal matching funds up to $10,000 to communities with populations under 10,000. This years recipients include, Chester Volunteer Fire Department in Meigs County who will receive $7,000 and Spirit of 76 Volunteer Fire Department in Belmont County who will receive $10,000.
VFA Grants are made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Services, per authority in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act. More than 1,300 rural Ohio fire departments have received assistance since the VFA was established in 1978.