The Highway 286 East Volunteer Fire Department, Pine Village VFD, Vilonia VFD and Wooster VFD recently received a $1,000 grant from the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) through the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program. 

This program provides funding for rural fire departments for training and equipping firefighters. The program is aimed at assisting rural communities with populations of 10,000 or less to upgrade fire suppression capabilities. 

About $251,000 was made available statewide for the 2010 program year. The Arkansas Forestry Commission accepts and approves the applications to the extent that funding permits. 

The next grant cycle for the FY2011 program year will begin in May of 2011, should funding still be available.