ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the 2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 49 volunteer fire departments. The projects, distributed throughout 17 counties, aim to assist volunteer fire companies and departments enhance wildland fire protection in rural areas and communities.

The Maryland Forest Service awarded $104,099 in match funding to complete $245,907 in total projects. The maximum grant awarded was $3,000 per department. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

“This essential grant funding will help equip and train local fire companies and departments throughout the state,” Maryland State Fire Supervisor Monte Mitchell said. “Through this financial and technical assistance to rural volunteer fire departments, we seek to improve emergency response, firefighter safety and wildland fire suppression capabilities.”

Fire Department County Project Cost Award
Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company Anne Arundel $7,434 $3,000
Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Calvert $13,587 $3,000
St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Calvert $4,279 $927
Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department Charles $6,704 $3,000
Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Charles $1,371 $685
Tenth District Volunteer Fire Department Charles $5,897 $653
Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department Prince George’s $1,600 $550

For the complete list of grants, click here.