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More than $200K awarded to 154 Va. fire departments

Thursday - 6/20/2013, 9:09am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Forestry has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 154 volunteer fire departments.

The department said Wednesday that the grants range from $500 to $2,600 and will be used for such purchases as protective equipment, communications gear, water tanks for brush trucks, tools and training materials. Funding is provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

A total of 163 fire departments applied for grants. The requests totaled more than $813,000 -- roughly four times the amount available through the Volunteer Fire Assistance program. Since the program began in 1975, the department has awarded more than $3.2 million to volunteer fire departments across the state.

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