COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer
this week announced grants of more than $44,000 to numerous volunteer fire departments (VFD) throughout the 20th Ohio Senate district.
“Volunteer fire departments are critical to protecting our communities and infrastructure,” Schaffer said. “I am thankful to see the State of Ohio’s continued commitment to these valuable community volunteers and heroes.”
“Volunteer fire departments and the men and women who serve their communities in them are key components in our society,” Schaffer said. “They keep us safe, and it is very important that we provide them with the funds for equipment to keep them safe,” Schaffer said.
Byesville VFD is receiving $9,393 for personal protection equipment and hoses. Liberty Community VFD (Kimbolton) in Guernsey County is receiving $10,000 for personal protection equipment and emergency lighting equipment. Wayne Township- Duncan Falls VFD in Muskingum County will receive $7,488 for personal protection equipment and MARCS radio equipment. Hocking Township Fire Department in Fairfield County is receiving $7,700 the purchase of a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). Laurelville VFD in Hocking County will receive $10,000 in funds for structure fire personal protection equipment (PPE).
The funds come from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Division of Forestry’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant (VFA) program
. VFA grant funding assists eligible volunteer fire departments with purchasing various forms of equipment that are essential to firefighting operations such as safety equipment and utility vehicles. This grant program provides up to 50 percent of total project funding and does not exceed $10,000 per project.