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  • Kentucky VFA 2009 Grants /Firewise 2009 Grants Awarded!

    Kentucky Division of Forestry

    Firewise and Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded

    Press Release Date: Monday, August 24, 2009
    Contact Information: Lynn Brammer
    1-502-564-4496
    1-800-866-0555



    Firewise and Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded
    Funds help communities and local fire departments reduce wildfire risks

    FRANKFORT, KY (Aug. 24, 2009) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) recently awarded $490,088 in grant funds to communities and fire departments through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program and the Firewise Community grant program. Funding for the programs are provided by the USDA-Forest Service and administered by KDF. The VFA grant program is designed to increase the capabilities of volunteer fire departments and the Firewise grant program is designed to decrease the wildland fire risk to communities in fire-prone areas where rural landscapes meet urban development—known as the wildland-urban interface.

    VFA grants totaling $246,162 were awarded to 74 volunteer fire departments from across the state. VFA grants are typically used to purchase training materials, pumps, hoses, tanks, small fire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment such as Nomex, fire shelters and gloves. The objectives of the VFA grant program include the following:
    • organize, train, and equip fire departments in unprotected rural areas and rural communities;
    • assist qualifying fire departments in saving lives and protecting property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural communities;
    • prevent or reduce loss of life, protect financial investments, and enhance environmental quality to revitalize rural America;
    • and increase the opportunity for rural fire departments to acquire training and current information on fire prevention techniques.

    VFA grant recipients include the following volunteer fire departments (VFDs):

    Anderson County VFD
    Artemus VFD
    Bagdad Fire Protection District
    Barbourville VFD
    Bethel VFD
    Big Sandy VFD
    Breeding Area VFD
    Bremen VFD
    Brooksville VFD
    Burkesville VFD
    Calloway VFD
    Campbellsburg VFD
    Cedar Springs VFD Station 2
    Chalybeate VFD
    City of Hazard VFD
    Clear Springs VFD
    Corinth VFD
    Corydon Civil Defense VFD
    Cromwell VFD
    Crossroads VFD
    Eagle Sawyer VFD
    East Bernstadt VFD
    Eastwood VFD
    Flemingsburg VFD
    Glencoe VFD Grand Lakes VFD
    Hanson VFD
    Harlan VFD
    Harrison County VFD
    Hayes Crossing/Haldeman VFD
    Highland VFD
    Hurricane Creek VFD
    Jenkins VFD
    Kenton Community VFD
    Kentucky 86 VFD
    Kuttawa VFD
    Ky River VFD
    La Center Rural VFD
    LaRue County VFD
    Laurel County VFD
    Leitchfield VFD
    Louisa VFD
    Loyall VFD
    Maloneton VFD
    Marrowbone VFD
    McHenry VFD
    Meade County VFD
    Milburn VFD
    Moreland VFD
    Mortons Gap VFD Muddlefork VFD
    Neon VFD
    Niagara VFD
    Nicholas County VFD Nicholas VFD
    Oldtown VFD
    Patterson Creek VFD
    Princeton VFD
    Richardsville VFD
    Rochester VFD
    Rosine VFD
    Ruddles Mill-Shawhan VFD
    Sandy Hook VFD
    Science Hill VFD
    Shelby Valley VFD
    South Allen VFD
    Southeast Casey VFD
    St. Charles VFD
    Stamping Ground VFD
    Thealka VFD
    W R Castle VFD
    White Plains VFD
    Williamstown VFD
    Wolfe County VFD

    Firewise grantees received a total of $243,926 in funding. The 15 recipients were selected based on project submittals geared toward safe planning and design, effective emergency response and individual responsibility for safer home design. Specifically, the Firewise program includes the following objectives:
    • provide cost-share funds for fire mitigation and Firewise activities;
    • foster closer relationships with fire departments and communities;
    • educate the public about the benefits of fire mitigation;
    • reduce the risks of wildfire in wildland/urban interface areas;
    • and require completion of Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

    Firewise grant recipients include the following VFDs and organizations:

    Brush Creek VFD
    City of Harlan
    Cumberland VFD
    Dunnville VFD
    Green Co. FirewiseBoard Hacker VFD
    Hillsboro VFD
    Lockards Creek VFD
    Manchester VFD
    N.E. Rowan Co. Firewise Board Oak Grove VFD
    Poplar Springs VFD
    Route 504 VFD
    S.E. Casey Co. VFD
    Summersville VFD

    For more information about the Firewise or Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funding and program objectives, contact KDF at 1-800-866-0555 or visit www.forestry.ky.gov.
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