Tennessee has many types of forests and open areas, from the dense
eastern mountain laurel thickets to the remote western cypress swamps. Between these are upland hardwood forests, pine stands, cedar glades, cove hardwoods, bottomland hardwoods and various types of open, brushy and forested land. Their unique characteristics
and the variations in topography and weather, make wildland fire suppression in Tennessee quite challenging.
Fire threatens the sustainability of Tennessee’s forests. The Division of Forestry protects this resource with personnel and equipment.
Employees are involved in fire readiness, wildfire suppression, training volunteer fire fighters, fire investigation and prosecution of arsonists. Continued...
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program
The Division of Forestry will be accepting grant applications for the 2014 Volunteer Fire Assistance
(VFA) Program beginning April 15 through May 17, 2013. Fire departments serving communities with
populations of 10,000 or less are eligible. This is a 50% reimbursement grant for qualifying purchases totaling $1,000 to $6,000. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $500 to $3,000.