Volunteer Fire Departments to receive Wildlife Response Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 awarded to a total of 40 departments .

Governor Bentley has announced a grants totaling $67,672 are being awarded to Volunteer Fire Departments across the state.

These are from the Wildfire Response Grant program. Grants of up to $2,500 were awarded to a total of 40 volunteer fire departments in 21 counties.

In December, Bentley announced that up to $100,000 would be available to reimburse fire departments for costs incurred while responding to the wildfires that burned throughout the state in the fall of 2016.

He said, "“Last fall I saw first-hand the impact of extreme drought conditions, resulting in Volunteer Fire Departments spending countless hours working together to de-escalate the fires that plagued the state of Alabama. I am pleased to award 40 volunteer fire departments for their tremendous response efforts. I hope that these need-based funds will help to alleviate some of the expenses incurred last year.”

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) worked together to manage the Grant program.

Interim State Forester Gary Cole praised the efforts of the Volunteer Fire Departments. “The Alabama Forestry Commission values our partnership with the volunteer fire departments across the state of Alabama. Their assistance was especially crucial to our efforts in battling the dangerous wildland fires during the extreme wildfire season of fall 2016. We are pleased that Governor Bentley is providing these VFDs with financial assistance to replenish funds they depleted during that time.”

AEMA Director Art Faulkner expressed the agency's gratitude for the Departments' assistance. “The efforts of the Alabama Volunteer Fire Departments are vital in protecting lives and property, in the communities throughout the state,” Faulkner said. “These grants will help them recover some of the cost they incurred while assisting the Alabama Forestry Commission in fighting the wildfires, as a result of the extreme drought last fall.”

Among expenses eligible for reimbursement were expenses for equipment use, repair and replacement; tools, materials and supplies; mobilization and demobilization activities.

 

 

 


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