Equipment Assistance for Fire Departments 

Wildland firefighting often requires specialized equipment and tools. DOF relies heavily on the assistance of fire departments and provides two key programs to help provide wildland fire equipment, tools, and personal protective equipment to rural fire departments.


Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

DOF provides assistance through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant program. The program provides a 50% cost reimbursement for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), tools, and equipment for rural volunteer fire departments.

Learn more about the Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.


Federal Firefighter Property Program

DOF provides assistance through the Federal Firefighter Property program. The program may assist with vehicles, fire trucks, generators, trailers, and more.

Learn more about the Federal Firefighter Property program.


Additional Resources

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Community Wildfire Defense Grant At-Risk Communities Eligibility List
Community Wildfire Defense Grant At-Risk Communities Eligibility List

This Community Wildfire Defense Grant At-Risk Communities Eligibility List provides a comprehensive listing of all counties and communities that are eligible to apply for these grant funds.

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Community Wildfire Defense Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity Instructions
Community Wildfire Defense Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity Instructions

This document provides detailed instructions about the Community Wildfire Defense Grant including eligibility, application process, required matching funds, how proposals are ranked, reporting requirements, and more.

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Dry Fire Hydrant Grant Program Application
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Dry Hydrant Manual
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Firefighter Property Program Cooperative Equipment Possession Agreement
Firefighter Property Program Cooperative Equipment Possession Agreement4.29Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsefederal-firefighter-property fire-department-resourcesform
Firefighter Property Program Request for Federal Excess Property
Firefighter Property Program Request for Federal Excess Property4.24Viewfinancial-assistance-fire-and-emergency-response fire-and-emergency-responsefederal-firefighter-property fire-department-resourcesform
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (Virginia Dept. of Accounts)
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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Contract Signing
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Contract Signing

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with contract signing.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Registration User Guide
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Registration User Guide

System Access Portal User Guide for registering to use the grants system.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Requesting a Contract Amendment
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Requesting a Contract Amendment

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with requesting a contract amendment.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants.

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Virginia Department of Forestry Grants - Frequently Asked Questions
Virginia Department of Forestry Grants – Frequently Asked Questions

Document answers the most common questions asked about forestry grants, including application requirements, qualifying expenses, reimbursements and other how do I… questions.

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A variety of financial assistance programs exist through DOF and partner agencies for wildfire preparation and suppression, as well as forest management activities.

Explore All Financial Assistance Programs


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