Newbern Fire Deparment is one of 119 volunteer fire departments across the state to receive grant funding from the Virginia Department of Forestry to help battle wildfires.
The departments will share nearly $234,000, with shares given to each department ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The funds will be used to help provide personal protective equipment, wildland fire tools, and wildfire suppression training to volunteer firefighters.
"We work closely with the many volunteer fire departments across the state to protect Virginians’ lives and property from the ravages of wildfires," said John Miller, director of resource protection for VDOF. "The grants ensure these brave men and women have the proper training and equipment to help use suppress the more than 1,300 wildfires that occur annually in Virginia."
Funds to support the grants comes from the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program, a U.S. Forest Service program administered by VDOF.