Office of the State Fire Marshal
State Fire Marshal urges volunteer fire departments to take advantage of grant money

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 24, 2009  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown 502-564-7760  

FRANKFORT, KY – (April 24, 2009) – Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope today urged volunteer fire departments across the commonwealth to make application for grant money being made available through the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant Program. The program was established to improve the capability and effectiveness of the commonwealth’s rural fire departments in saving lives and property.

“This is a great opportunity for our rural volunteer fire departments to obtain much needed dollars that can help them improve their ability to respond to the needs of the residents in small rural areas of Kentucky,” said Swope. “Many of these smaller volunteer units struggle to be able to afford updated equipment and undergo training necessary to be effective in protecting lives and property.  I’m hopeful this program will help them overcome these hurdles.”

The grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be awarded on a 50/50 matching basis, according to the Division of Forestry. The matching amount can come through either in-kind services or cash contributions. Items that are eligible for purchase with the grants include training materials, pumps, hoses, tanks, small fire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment such as Nomex, fire shelters, gloves and lights.

Volunteer departments interested in applying for the grants can call the Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or obtain application forms and instructions online at
Deadline for applying is 4:30 p.m. EDT June 17, 2009.