Wednesday, November 29, 2023

State Boards Increase Funding for Firefighter Training and Equipment

VIRGINIA — The Virginia Fire Services Board (VFSB) and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) announced Monday, July 12, that the budget for the Fire Programs Fund will total $1.8 million this year, which is a 5.4 percent increase for the 2022 fiscal year.

The increase will go to the Aid to Localities (ATL) funding program, which provides financial assistance to cities, counties and incorporated towns throughout Virginia through grant opportunities. The increase will bump the total aid to $34 million for statewide distribution.

ATL funding comes from the Virginia Fire Programs Fund, which is derived from 1 percent of insurance premiums collected in the previous calendar year. Approximately 75 percent of the total fund goes directly to 323 counties, cities, and incorporated towns within the Commonwealth. 25 percent goes to VDFP’s operational budget.

“The increased funding allows us to assist Virginia’s Fire Service in growing their departments and personnel. In some cases, ATL funding increases budgetary choices for financially strapped fire departments,” said VDFP Acting Executive Director Garrett Dyer. “Our purpose is to assist where we can to help fire departments meet or exceed their service delivery goals.”



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