The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced that 196 Tennessee volunteer fire departments will receive grants totaling $10 million in 2024 through the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program.
Created through legislation overseen by Governor Bill Lee and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, the Volunteer Firefighter Equipment and Training Grant Program provides grant monies to volunteer fire departments across Tennessee’s three Grand Divisions. The grants are used by volunteer departments to purchase firefighting equipment or help meet local matching requirements for federal equipment grants.
Since the program’s launch in 2020, grants totaling $16.5 million have been provided to nearly 300 Tennessee volunteer fire departments. The allocation of $10 million in 2024 represents the largest amount yet for this vital, lifesaving program.
Three local volunteer departments met the mandatory requirement items as set forth in the Technical Response and Evaluation Guide of the Solicitation and selected by the grant award selection committee to be considered for award of grant funds:
Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department
New Union Volunteer Fire Department
Summitville Volunteer Fire Department