Representative Naughton attends Lancaster VFA Grant ceremony, reflects on how funding will benefit firefighters and public safety throughout 12th Worcester District
(Lancaster, MA) – Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. attended the Volunteer Firefighter Grant ceremony at the Lancaster Fire Department today in recognition of the state funding the town received through the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The grant funding through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program was awarded to 40 communities, including Berlin, Boylston, Lancaster, and Sterling, to aid in their equipment and supply purchases, such as flame retardant and personal protection equipment.
The funding totals are as follows:
- Berlin - $2000.00
- Boylston - $1465.70
- Lancaster - $2000.00
- Sterling - $1500.00
Provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and administered by the Department, the VFA program is a competitive grant program offered to all non-profit rural call or volunteer fire departments that provide service primarily to a community of up to 10,000 people. Fire departments must be composed of at least 80 percent call or volunteer firefighters and be recognized as a department by state law.
“The brave men and women who put themselves between us and harm’s way on a daily basis need access to the best resources and equipment available,” said Representative Naughton. “This funding will ensure that our firefighters and rescue personnel remain safe in dangerous situations and better prepared to protect our level of public safety.”
Eligible proposed projects are those related to firefighter safety, technology transfer and rural fire defense. Municipalities eligible for grants are high-risk communities that are adjacent to federal lands, those communities working in partnership with federal firefighting agencies when responding to wildfires, and high-risk communities not associated with federal lands.