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 (Opens March 8, 2019)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other fire equipment can be acquired annually through DNR fire cache at a 50% cost savings.
- For 2019, eligible fire districts may place orders beginning March 8, 2019 using the “Phase 1 Order” shopping cart (see link below).
- Shopping cart prices are listed at a 50% discount. The amount ordered in the shopping cart is what the district/department will be charged (shipping costs are additional to this amount).
- Shopping cart orders are limited to a total shopping cart price of $2,500.
- Orders will be accepted and filled on a first come-first serve basis through April 30, 2019, or until funding is expended, whichever occurs first.
- Districts can pre-plan their orders using the 'Phase 1 2019 Product List with Prices' link below, which contains the products and prices that will be available in the shoping cart when it opens.
- See the “Phase 1 Grant Information” link below for eligibility and other information.
Phase 2 (Currently closed until October 2019)
- Provides 50% funding for several project types including fire equipment, communications, training, prevention and more. The application period for the 2019 Phase 2 grant program is closed.
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?
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