Trump Administration Awards USVI Additional $237,796 in FY 2020 Technical Assistance Funds for Two New Fire Trucks

Last edited 09/16/2020
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WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration announced an additional $237,796 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding to the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program. The funding will be used to purchase two new fire rescue vehicles and is provided in addition to approximately $3.9 million in funding announced earlier this year for the territory.

“Secretary Bernhardt and I are pleased to provide this additional funding support towards the purchase of two new fire trucks for the Virgin Islands” said Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech. “Emergency responders and firefighters in St. Croix and in St. Thomas will now be better equipped to provide emergency response and fire rescue services in the territory.”

The additional fiscal year 2020 Technical Assistance Program funding totaling $237,796 to be provided to the USVI government is as follows:

  • The Virgin Islands (VI) Fire Service - $237,796 will be used to purchase two new fire rescue trucks for the VI Fire Service, a career fire department that provides wildland and structural fire suppression, rescue services, vehicle extrication, basic medical first response, and hazmat response for the entire territory. The VI Fire Service has 242 active firefighters who provide emergency services to over 106,000 year-round residents and roughly 15,000 additional seasonal vacationers each year. The current vehicles in the fleet are not equipped to carry the necessary tools for emergency services. The two new fire trucks, one for St. Croix and the other for St. Thomas, will help the first responders be more effective in their response to emergencies.

These funds are provided in addition to the $3 million in Technical Assistance Program fiscal year 2020 funds and the nearly $900,000 in Maintenance Assistance Program fiscal year 2020 funding, both announced for the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this year. 

The Assistance Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, @ASIIADomenech, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Follow and “like” OIA on Facebook at




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