The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service announced the awarding of Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants to 53 volunteer fire departments in 15 counties across the state. The projects to be funded help volunteer fire companies enhance their wildland fire protection in rural communities.
Hancock Volunteer Fire Department received $3,000 for their efforts to fight wildfires. It was one of seven Washington County fire departments to get grants.
DNR awarded a total $131,702 in match funding to complete $277,138 in total project costs. A wards are 50% of the project total cost, up to a maximum grant of $3,000 per department. Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.