Volunteer Fire Assistance Funding
- Respond to wildland fire on private, state or federal lands.
- Serve communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents.
- Serve a community of more than 10,000 residents AND a service area that includes a rural community of fewer than 10,000 residents (VFA funding is only available for the rural area).
Phase 1 (Closed until March 2020)
- Dependent upon funding, next year's Phase 1 grant is scheduled to open in March 2020.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other fire equipment can be acquired through the DNR fire cache at a 50% cost savings.
- Eligible fire districts place orders using the "Phase 1 Order" shopping cart (see link below).
- Phase 1 Grant Requirements
- Phase 1 Order (Closed)
Phase 2 (now closed)
- Provides 50% funding for several project types including fire equipment, communications, training, prevention and more. The application period for the 2020 Phase 2 grant program opened October 15, 2019 and closed December 1, 2019.
Wildland Fire Training
- DNR administered NWCG wildland firefighting courses
- Courses may be scheduled, to extent possible, in or near your community
- DNR instructors who meet PMS 310.1: NIMS Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide
Firefighter Property Program*
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- Agree to put the vehicle in service within a year of taking possession.
- Maintain the vehicle in service for an additional year after placing it in service.
- Have a current Fire District Assistance agreement in place with DNR.
Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP)
DNR maintains biennial inventories of equipment currently on loan to fire districts and helps dispose of FEPP equipment when fire districts are finished using it. DNR no longer assigns equipment to fire districts under this program, with the exception of USFS engines when available.
Fire districts that want to dispose of FEPP equipment must complete and submit a FEPP Disposal Form. Follow instructions provided on the form.
For assistance, contact DNR's Fire District Assistance Program at 360-902-1300.
Questions or comments?
Federal Civil Rights
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Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD)