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​Volunteer Fire Assistance Program and Grants

The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) program is designed to establish and enhance fire protection in communities with a population of 10,000 persons or less. Through this program, the Division of Forestry provides training, grant funds and technical advice to rural fire departments. 

Volunteer Fire Assistance grants funding ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 is available through a 50/50 reimbursement system on an annual basis. Grant applications are generally available during the first quarter of the calendar year, and recipients are reimbursed for approved costs at the end of the grant cycle. Eligible equipment items that can be purchased with VFA grant funding include:

  • Nomex clothing
  • pump hoses
  • tanks
  • fire shelters
  • small fire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment.

The 2021 VFA Program grant application is now open.  Download the VFA application 2021 VFA Application.pdf. For more information and assistance regarding the grants, contact Michael Harp, fire management program specialist, at 502-782-7164.

ATTENTION: All fire departments are required to obtain a Vendor Code number from the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Controller for the fire department.  Information and the application needed to obtain this number can be downloaded here.

Training Opportunities for VFDs

Wildland firefighter training courses are offered to fire departments across the state.  The training includes the S-130 and S-190 courses, which are wildland fire courses certified by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.  Please contact the field office in your area for more information about training courses. 

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