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The N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) is pleased to offer the Volunteer Fire Assistance Award Program this year. This program is for North Carolina fire departments serving a population of less than 10,000 people. This award program will be provided to qualifying departments chosen during the application process for purchasing authorized items for wildland firefighting. The departments that are chosen for this program may receive a maximum of $5,000.00 in matching funds to purchase selected wildland firefighting supplies. The ability for fire departments to purchase these items will provide for increased firefighter safety, more efficient suppression operations, and will increase the number of properly equipped firefighters in our state.

Please read the guidelines and instructions on the first tab of the site before completing the application. If your department serves a population of less than 10,000 people and you are interested in purchasing wildland firefighting supplies through this award program please complete the application online at the link provided here. Applications must be received by 5:00pm on December 17, 2021. If you have questions, please contact the grant program via email at:

The N.C. Forest Service appreciates the outstanding service you provide to the citizens of your response area, and the assistance provided to our agency. We are very pleased to be able to offer this program to the fire departments in N.C. We look forward to working with you in the future in protecting our citizens and natural resources.

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