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Rural Fire Assistance

The Mississippi Forestry Commission offers two grant programs designed to help our state's volunteer fire departments obtain equipment and supplies needed to fight wildland fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 69 percent of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteers. Volunteer fire departments are a key part of the emergency response in a rural state like Mississippi. 

Firefighter Property Program

This program provides rural volunteer fire departments with excess equipment that is no longer needed by the Department of Defense (DoD).

Visit the Firefighter Property Program

Volunteer Fire Assistance Program

Through this program eligible rural volunteer fire departments are reimbursed for funds spent on approved wildland firefighting equipment and communication equipment.

Visit the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program