CHARLESTON - During Wednesday’s daily COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that he and his team have found a way to provide $10,000 in grant funding directly to each of the 419 volunteer fire departments across West Virginia.


In total, the Governor’s initiative will provide $4.19 million to help volunteer firefighters in all corners of the Mountain State.


"Our volunteer fire departments have been hurting because they haven't been able to do a lot of the fundraising they need to do during this pandemic," Gov. Justice said. "We’ve been trying to figure out what we can do.


"We all know the beauty of what they give to all of us," Gov. Justice continued. "Not only do they run to the fire, but they do it on a volunteer basis. All the good they bring to every one of us is unbelievable.


"Our communities abound with volunteer fire departments and we’re very proud to be able to send $10,000 to each and every one of them because these firefighters are true heroes to all of us beyond belief."