Josh Cellars Provided $50,000 in Training Grants to Volunteer Fire Departments in Need

10 departments nationwide were awarded $5,000 each to help with training

Josh Cellars and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) partnered to award 10 volunteer fire departments with $5,000 grants to help provide critical training to their members. The National Fire Protection Association’s Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service reported that a significant portion of departments are unable to equip all of their personnel with formal training in key areas such as structural firefighting, hazmat response, and EMS. These grants were designed to help train departments so they can better protect and prepare their responders and serve their communities.

“Training is essential to ensure our firefighters can do their jobs safely and effectively,” said NVFC chair Kevin D. Quinn. “Many departments struggle to find funding to provide this critical training. We appreciate the support of Josh Cellars, which has not only recognized this need, but has taken action to help ensure our men and women in the field are properly prepared and ready to respond.”

For Joseph Carr, founder of Josh Cellars, the volunteer fire service is a cause close to home. Josh Cellars wine was created by Joseph Carr as a tribute to his father – a volunteer firefighter and U.S. Army veteran. “Growing up, my dad Josh, our family, neighbors, and friends were all volunteer firefighters,” explains Carr. “It is a civic duty shared and understood by all where I come from that you always take care of your community. That’s why Josh Cellars partnered with the NVFC to provide assistance to volunteer fire departments.”

The grants were awarded in early 2018 and are already having a great impact on the recipient departments. Many of the grantees have extended their training initiatives to include other departments in their area to further the impact. Grants are being used to help purchase training tools and props, build training facilities, certify more personnel, cross-train members for various types of response, and other efforts that will enable responders to enhance their skills.

Shaver Lake (CA) Volunteer Fire
Department was one of the recipients
of the Josh Cellars training grants.

The Josh Cellars training grant recipients are as follows:

  1. Cannon County Fire Department (TN)
  2. Couchton Volunteer Fire and Rescue (SC)
  3. Genoa Volunteer Fire Department (AR)
  4. Highland Township/Ayersville Fire Department (OH)
  5. Olivet Fire Department (MI)
  6. Shaver Lake Volunteer Fire Department (CA)
  7. Upper Milford Western District Fire Company #1 (PA)
  8. Utica Volunteer Fire Department (MS)
  9. W.R. Castle Volunteer Fire & Rescue (KY)
  10. Water Witch Hose Company #2 (CT)

To be eligible to apply for the grant, departments had to be over 50 percent volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be located in the U.S., be a member of the NVFC, and demonstrate a need for the grant. Learn more about each departments’ training grant initiatives on the NVFC web site.

About Josh Cellars
Josh Cellars offers bold, complex and approachable wines for drinking with family and friends. Sourced from vineyards across California, Josh Cellars offers seven varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Rosé and a red blend, “Legacy.” Josh Cellars wines are available at retailers nationwide. Learn more at

About the NVFC
The NVFC is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at