MARTIN – Martin Mayor Samuel Howell announced Wednesday that the City of Martin Fire Department has been awarded $2,500 in the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant from the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
The city will be contributing a cash or in-kind match to the award with $2,500. The $5,000 funding will be used to purchase wildland fire suppression equipment and to provide training materials for the fire department’s personnel, Howell said.
The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program, formerly known as the rural community fire protection program, provides training, grant funds and technical advice to rural fire departments in communities with a population of 10,000 persons or less. VFA grants are available on an annual basis and applications are generally available during the first quarter of the calendar year. Grant recipients are reimbursed for approved costs at the end of the grant cycle. Grant funds ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are available through a 50/50 reimbursement system. Eligible equipment items that can be purchased with VFA grant funding include: Nomex clothing, pumps, hoses, tanks, fire shelters, small fire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment.
“This grant will increase our capabilities to assist the local Division of Forestry mission to protect the natural resources of the state of Kentucky,” said Fire Chief William Petry, “We will be purchasing fire suppression equipment that the department has not had before. This is allowing our department to expand its mission to provide for the public safety.”