Volunteer Fire Departments Awarded Wildfire Response Grant Money

by | Feb 18, 2017 | Alabama News, Fires, Public Safety

Volunteer Fire Departments Awarded Wildfire Response Grant Money

Colds Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Logan Fire & Rescue were the two Cullman County fire departments taking advantage of this program; both will receive $2,500 grant checks from the Wildfire Response Grant program.

Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced $67,762 is being awarded to Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) that qualified for the Wildfire Response Grant (WRG):

“Last fall, I saw first-hand the impact of extreme drought conditions, resulting in Volunteer Fire Departments spending countless hours working together to de-escalate the fires that plagued the state of Alabama. I am pleased to award 40 volunteer fire departments for their tremendous response efforts. I hope that these need-based funds will help to alleviate some of the expenses incurred last year.”

In December, Governor Bentley announced that up to $100,000 would be available for reimbursements to departments for costs incurred during the response to wildfires across the state during the fall of 2016.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) partnered with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) to manage the VFD Wildfire Response Grant program.

 

image by: Governor’s Office, Jamie Martin

Volunteer Fire Departments Awarded Wildfire Response Grant Money

Interim State Forester Gary Cole had these thoughts:

“The Alabama Forestry Commission values our partnership with the volunteer fire departments across the state of Alabama. Their assistance was especially crucial to our efforts in battling the dangerous wildland fires during the extreme wildfire season of fall 2016. We are pleased that Governor Bentley is providing these VFDs with financial assistance to replenish funds they depleted during that time.”

Grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to a total of 40 volunteer fire departments in 21 counties.

AEMA Director Art Faulkner weighed-in saying:

“The efforts of the Alabama Volunteer Fire Departments are vital in protecting lives and property, in the communities throughout the state. These grants will help them recover some of the cost they incurred while assisting the Alabama Forestry Commission in fighting the wildfires, as a result of the extreme drought last fall.”

Eligible reimbursable expenses for the grant included expenses for equipment use, repair, and replacement; tools, materials, and supplies; mobilization and demobilizations activities.

 

Volunteer Fire Departments Awarded Wildfire Response Grant Money

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