Help is Available to Volunteer First Responders Impacted by Super Storm Sandy

Super Storm Sandy left mass destruction in its wake, destroying property and shattering lives.
While first responders played a crucial role in providing aid to their communities during and after the storm, many of these first responders were also victims of the disaster, suffering loss or damage of property among other challenges.

The National Volunteer Fire Council's (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund is designed to help volunteer firefighters who are impacted by large-scale disasters such as this. The Fund provides a stipend of $250 to volunteer fire and EMS personnel affected by state- or federally-declared disasters to help them meet basic needs in the aftermath of the disaster.

If you are an active volunteer first responder who has been impacted by a disaster, click here to apply for a disaster relief stipend. To receive a stipend, you must be an active volunteer firefighter, rescue worker, or EMS provider; be from an NVFC member state as an individual or department member of the state association; live (or have housing) in a state- or federally-declared disaster area; and have incurred an uninsurable loss in excess of $5,000.

The Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund relies on the support of individuals and organizations to assist volunteer first responders in need. Click here to make your contribution to the Fund.

Assistance may also be available to fire departments through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program. The grant may be able to help with fire station damage, lost equipment, and vehicles. Learn more at