Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force




2014 Dry Hydrant Grant Program Application Packet (PDF 3.3MB)


 Landowner Agreement (Word 2007 format 26KB)


Watch the Dry Hydrant Maintenance Video


Watch the Fire Wise/Fire Foolish Video


 Click here for a downloadable version (pdf) of the contractor brochure for installing a dry hydrant when creating a pond.


General Permitting Contact Information:

Vermont State Water Quality Website:

Federal Army Corps of Engineers:

Rural Fire Fighting Operations by Larry Davis - Dry Hydrants & Other Water Supply Innovations (pdf 19.2MB)

Barn Fire Prevention Task Force - a subcommittee of the Rural Fire Protection Task Force addressing barn fires through education.



Background of the Dry Hydrant Grant Program 

Since 1998, the State of Vermont and U.S. Forest Service have approved appropriations to assist communities with the installation of dry hydrants to improve fire protection in the rural areas of Vermont. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force with the assistance of the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development councils administer the grant program.

Dry hydrants are a preferred method of providing water for firefighting in areas where there is no municipal water system. A dry hydrant consists of a 6 to 8 inch pipe with a fitting to which a pumper truck can attach. The pipe connects to a water source (pond or stream) that can supply at least 30,000 gallons under drought conditions.

Grant recipients receive funds upon completion of the project. However, if approved, 50% of the grant award can be requested in writing for use in getting the project under way. 

All field work must be completed as soon as possible. This includes the permitting process for your hydrant. It is the town and/or fire departments responsibility to acquire all the necessary permits (State and/or Corp of Engineers permits for wetlands, lakes, ponds and stream alteration.) Feel free to contact Troy Dare, Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force Engineering Technician, if you have questions at (802) 828-4582. You can also visit the Vermont State Water Quality website or the Federal Army Corps of Engineers website for up to date permits and general information.

A 25% local match of the total project cost is required.  Match can be met through pre-owned material as well as in-kind services such as volunteer time and equipment usage.

Project completion will involve submitting a Match Documentation Form, invoices/receipts, news article, construction photos and Maintenance Log.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Troy Dare, Engineering Technician at 802-828-4582 or

What's New

The Vermont Rural Fire Protection (RFP) Task Force is pleased to announce the 14th year of funding (pending Vermont Legislative approval) to enable towns to improve fire suppression capabilities and implement their water supply plans.  Please Note:  Currently, this may be the last year the Task Force receives funding. 

WANTED:  Recruiting new members to come to bi-monthly Rural Fire Protection Task Force meetings. Contact Troy Dare at 828-4582 or email

Our Services:

Free services available to Vermont Towns and Fire Departments include:

  • Evaluation, design, and implementation of dry hydrants and drafting basin for year-round access.

  • Development of town-wide fire suppression water supply plans.

  • Assistance with construction inspection of installed improvements.

  • Assistance to fire departments in raising resources to install dry hydrants and purchase NFPA approved equipment.

  • Assistance with the education needs of rural fire departments.

Our Goals

  • Assess statewide need for improved fire protection.

  • Link fire protection with economic development to create a coordinated fire protection strategy.

  • Facilitate financial and technical assistance to address fire protection needs.

  • Develop fire safety programs and distribute educational information and materials.  

Steering Committee Members

  • Fire Fighters

  • State and Federal Agencies 

  • Municipalities 

  • ISO (Insurance Service Office) 

  • Representatives of Federal and State Legislators 

  • Other Fire Service Organizations 

  • The Public at Large

  • List of Steering Committee Members

  • Vermont Fire Statistics

·          Vermont is ranked first in the nation with the percentage of rural population.  

·          Vermont has 234 fire departments with over 5,000 firefighters and 180 licensed First Response and Ambulance services staffed by      

        3,000 certified EMS providers.

·          In 2009, the average fire department response time in Vermont was 5.3 min. 

·          The #1 cause of fires in Vermont is related to heating followed by cooking and open flame. 

·          53% of all fires in Vermont occur in 1&2 family dwellings. 

·          An estimated 44% of the housing stock is comprised of owner-occupied primary residence homes built before 1950. 

·          Vermont is one of states that have the largest amount of fire stations and firefighters per capita.   


Fire in general

·          Heat from a fire rises at 90 feet per second or approximately 60 mph. 

·          Fire killed more Americans than all natural disasters combined. 

·          83% of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences. 

·          There were an estimated 1.5 million fires nationwide in 2008, causing over $8.2 billion in direct damage. 

·          On average, eight people died in US home fires every day. 

·          A fire department responds to a fire in the United States every 22.0 seconds. 

·          Structure fires occurred between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM caused 52% of all home fire deaths. 

·          Home structure fires peaked around the dinner hours between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. 


Chances are you will have a fire

·          Number of home fires your household can expect in an average lifetime: 5 

·          Chances your household will have a reported home fire in an average lifetime: 1 in 4 

·          Chances that someone in your household will suffer a fire injury in an average lifetime: 1 in 10  

·          Households can expect to average a home fire every 15 years or five fires in an average lifetime.  

·          Number of adults that could say that someone they knew died in a fire: 1 in 10 


Source of statistical information above:  Vermont Division of Fire Safety, U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and theNational Fire Protection Association(NFPA)