The Virginia Department of Forestry awarded just under $200,00 in grants to 140 volunteer fire departments across the state — including four in Rappahannock County.
Through the Volunteer Fire Assistance program, the Castleton, Washington, Sperryville and Amissville fire companies were awarded grants ranging from $1,113 to $2,000. (Castleton was awarded $1,113; Washington $1,318; Sperryville $1,500; and Amissville $2,000).
The VFA grants — ranging statewide from $315 to $2,435 — will be used for such purchases as personal protective equipment, communications gear, water tanks for brush trucks, wildland fire specialty tools and training materials. A total of 171 fire departments applied for grants this year, 140 of which were approved. The requests for support totaled more than $1.1 million, far more than the $199,942.89 VDOF had available.