The Volunteer Fire Assistance Program (VFA), formerly know as the Rural Community Fire Protection Program, provides matching fund grants to eligible rural volunteer fire departments (VFDs) for the purchase of wildland firefighting equipment. The Mississippi Forestry Commission administers this program through an agreement with the USDA Forest Service.  Since 1975, when Congress first funded the Rural Community Fire Protection (RCFP) program, 999 grants of up to $2,000 have been issued to rural volunteers fire departments in Mississippi.

Volunteer Fire Assistance National Fire Plan Grant

This program provides grants to eligible fire departments for the purchase of Wildland Firefighter Ready Kits. These ready kits may contain any or all of the following items: Nomex coveralls, helmet, goggles, headlamp, neckshroud, gloves, fire shelter, council rake, fire flap and a container for storage for up to a maximum of ten firefighters per approved applicant. All items will be purchased and kits assembled by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. This grant is a 50/50 matching grant; however, the match portion will be covered by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. To be eligible for this grant, the fire department must provide the latitude and longitude of your primary station’s location.

Grant deadline - Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Click here for a copy of the grant application package. 


For more information on the VFA program, please contact:


Trenton "Keith" Beatty
Rural Fire Assistance Coordinator
3139 Highway 468 West
Pearl, MS 39208
Office: (601) 420-6017
Fax: (601) 420-6003
Cell: (662) 251-6396