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Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA)

The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) provide assistance in training, equipment purchases, and prevention activities, on a cost share basis. The assistance is provided to increase firefighter safety, improve the fire fighting capabilities of rural volunteer fire departments, and enhance protection in the urban-wildland interface.

The Volunteer Fire Assistance program is available from the USDA Forest Service through the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry.

Only fire departments with a service area of less than 10,000 population and registered with the State Fire Marshall are eligible.

For consideration departments are required to be current on VFA grants. The grant application period runs from November 1 until January 31 annually.

Volunteer Fire Departments will be able to apply for a 2021 VFA grant award beginning November 1, 2020 online at:


2020 Volunteer Fire Assistance Awards (PDF)

2021 VFA PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Letter to VFDs Regarding the 2021 VFA Process (PDF)

2021 Division of Forestry Grant Manual (PDF)


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