Volunteer Fire Assistance

Fire departments serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible to complete applications for the Division of Forestry’s Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program. Successful applicants will receive VFA Wildland Fire Suppression Kits to supplement their department's wildland firefighting capacity. These kits will consist of wildland fire personal protective equipment, tools, and other supplies with a total value of approximately $3,000.00.

FY 2023 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Schedule
September 1 – October 14, 2022 Applications for wildland fire suppression kits accepted.
October 17 – November 4, 2022 Applications are reviewed and rated by Assistant District Foresters.
November 7, 2022 Applications with departments approved to receive wildland fire suppression kits are forwarded to the VFA Grant Program Administrator.
January 7, 2023 Departments are notified that they have been accepted to receive a wildland fire suppression kit.
Supplies for Kits are ordered by the State Purchasing Specialist and shipped to districts.
Arrangements are made with Departments to pick up kits once all materials have been received.
February 28, 2023 Distribution of Kits to departments complete.