HVFD awarded grant
This year, the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department has received funding from the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to increase the wildland fire protection capability in Virginia, using federal pass-through funding from the U.S. Forest Service. The program provides financial assistance to rural volunteer fire companies to provide additional training and purchase small equipment and wildland personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $1,249, which went toward the purchase of forestry hoses and foam nozzles to outfit its brush truck. “The volunteer firefighters are our first line of defense in suppressing wildfires in Middlesex County,” said Ken Sterner, VDOF area forester in Middlesex County. “The equipment acquired through this grant will be used to save lives, protect property and our forest resources in Middlesex.”
Since the inception of this program in 1975, 4,949 grants have been made providing a total of $2,622,196 in matching grant funds.