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Culpeper-area volunteer fire departments receive grants

Eight Culpeper-area volunteer fire departments have been awarded grants from the Virginia Department of Forestry.

The grants, all between $1,000 and $2,000 and made available through the Forestry Department’s Volunteer Fire Assistance program, are designed for the purchase of equipment to fight brush and forest fires.

“The VFA program provides vital funding to the many volunteer fire departments that assist us with the suppression of wildfires across the state,” said John Miller, director of VDOF’s resource protection division.

“This money helps VFDs purchase much-needed equipment that provides for the safety of both the public and these volunteer firefighters. I only wish we had enough funding to support all their needs.”

Area companies receiving grants include Little Fork ($1,000), Rapidan ($1,500) and Reva ($1,500) in Culpeper County; Amissville ($2,000), Castleton ($1,113.23), Sperryville ($1,500) and Little Washington ($1,318) in Rappahannock County; and Madison ($1,000) in Madison County.

According to the Forestry Department, 171 companies across the state applied for grants and 140 were approved, with a total of more than $199,000 being awarded.

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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