LDAF Volunteer Fire Assistance Program Underway
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is now accepting applications for the 2014
Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA).
program is invaluable to many small and rural volunteer fire
departments with limited resources to pay for training and to
purchase equipment necessary to prepare and equip fire crews for fire
suppression," Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain,
program is funded through the U.S. Forest Service and administered by
the LDAF on a 50/50 cost share basis to qualifying fire departments
to be used to organize, train and equip the crews for the prevention
and suppression of fires.
Any fire department that is based in a community with
a population of 10,000 or less (latest census) is eligible to apply
for funding under the VFA program.
Departments serving a population greater than 10,000
are eligible to apply if the department is a
"multi-community" department, providing no single community
served has a population greater than 10,000. A department
or fire district is considered to be "multi-community"
if within the official area served there exists two or more
recognized communities, each of which must contribute financial
support toward, and combine other resources for the operation of a
single department serving all of the communities involved.
A single community fire department serving a
population greater than 10,000 and NOT providing protection to a
rural community is not eligible for VFA financial assistance.
Fire departments must be National Incident Management
System (NIMS) compliant. NIMS compliance information can be
found at http://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system
and additional information about the grant is available at http://www.ldaf.la.gov/The deadline to apply for the grant is July