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The Kentucky Division of Forestry has awarded $195,000 in grant funds to 62 rural fire departments across the state through the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program.
In Owen County, the Jonesville and Owenton volunteer fire departments received grants.
Over the last 10 years, KDF has given out more than $2.1 million to fire departments. Funding for the program is provided by the USDA Forest Service and administered by KDF. The VFA grant program is open to volunteer fire departments protecting communities with a population of 10,000 or less to help them increase their capacity to fight wildfires.
VFA grants are typically used to purchase training materials, pumps, hoses, tanks, small wildfire suppression equipment and personal protective equipment.