Sen. Don White is encouraging volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities with fewer than 10,000 residents and where forest and brush fires are common to apply for matching grants of up to $7,500 for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.
Funds from the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program, administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, performing wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles to be used for fire suppression.
DCNR gives priority to requests for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing.
In 2013, almost $506,000 was awarded to 130 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common.
The grant program, offered through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $10.5 million since it began in 1982.
Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s eGrant Webpage by 4 p.m. May 22.
Applicants should visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us and click on “Apply for Grants.” More information is available by contacting the bureau’s Division of Forest Fire Protection at (717) 787-2925; emailing email@example.com; or visiting www.dcnr.state. pa.us and clicking on Apply for Grants, then eGrants Opportunities.