Ten Warren County fire departments were recently approved for Volunteer Fire Department Fund Fire Grant Awards through the Office of State Fire Marshal Mike Causey. 

Administered through the state Department of Insurance, the dollar-for-dollar matching fund program assists fire departments with purchasing equipment and making capital expenditures.

The Warren County departments, including two at Lake Gaston, receiving grant awards are as follows:

- Afton-Elberon Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $7,165

- Arcola Rural Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $22,640

- Churchill-Five Forks Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $30,000

- Drewry Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $30,000

- Hawtree Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $11,185

- Inez Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $14,519

- Macon Rural Fire Department, Inc. $10,588

- Norlina Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $12,970

- Ridgeway Volunteer Rural Fire Association, Inc. $20,005

- Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. $13,513

County Total: $172,586