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Fire program funding increases for localities

The Virginia Fire Services Board has announced that its Virginia Aid to Localities funding program increased by $1.8 million this fiscal year, due to a 5.45 percent budget increase in the Fire Programs Fund.

With fire and property insurance premiums rising, the board made a push last year to increase the aid to localities to support training initiatives, construction of fire training centers, firefighting equipment, and protective gear, said a press release. This year, minimum funding for localities increased from $10,000 to $15,000 and $20,000 to $30,000, and 152 localities received amounts greater than those minimums.

According to funding allocation charts on the Virginia Department of Fire Programs website, Gloucester County was allocated $140,466 for FY 2021 and $149,182 for FY 2022, while Mathews County was allocated $34,215 for FY 2021 and $36,338 for FY 2022.

The Virginia Fire Programs Fund is derived from insurance premiums collected in the previous calendar year, sai...

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