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DNR announces volunteer fire assistance grants to 70 districts and departments across Washington 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
July 13, 2010

DNR announces volunteer fire assistance grants to 70 districts and departments across Washington
Rural firefighters get needed financial aid

OLYMPIA – Seventy rural fire protection districts and fire department agencies have been awarded a total of $152,597 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funds to purchase much needed personal protective clothing, fire shelters and basic fire suppression tools. The funds are provided by the United States Forest Service (USFS) and administered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). 

“As a former volunteer firefighter, I know the importance of this grant assistance,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “Volunteer Fire Assistance pays half the cost of this new equipment, providing substantial relief for our districts during these challenging economic times.”

Fire districts also can use this funding for needed training, update radio communications, or to acquire new apparatus. As an example of how the funds will help small districts: national fire safety regulators have mandated that all fire agencies adopt a newer type fire shelter this year. The shelter, while important for firefighter safety, is a new expense that is difficult for smaller, rural communities to fund during the economic recession.

The next opportunity to apply is September 1, 2010, and closes October 29, 2010. To be eligible, fire districts and departments must serve less than 10,000 residents and provide wildland fire protection to private, state and federal land.

Interested districts can find detailed information, including downloadable applications, on the DNR website at:
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/FirePreventionAssistance/Pages/Home.aspx  

Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funds were authorized by the 1990 U.S. Congress and are being provided by the U.S. Forest Service. This is one of several programs administered by DNR to provide equipment, training, and improve communications for Washington fire districts and departments.

For a listing of counties, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/rp_fire_volunteer_fire_grant.pdf

DNR’s wildfire mission
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department, with over 1,000 employees trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes over 700 DNR employees who have other permanent jobs with the agency and about 375 seasonal workers.  Additionally, Department of Correction inmates participate in the DNR correctional camps program. DNR also participates in Washington’s coordinated interagency approach to firefighting.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov .

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County, City, Applicant, Amount
Adams, Othello, Adams CO FPD #5, 1,227.56
Benton, Benton City, Benton CO FPD #2, 121.56
Benton, West Richland, Benton CO FPD #4, 1,743.68
Clark, Amboy, Clark CO FPD #10, 7,597.53
Clark, Camas, East County Fire & Rescue, 785.76
Cowlitz, Toutle, Cowlitz CO FPD #3, 2,492.91
Douglas, Mansfield, Douglas CO FPD #5, 773.49
Douglas, Brewster, Douglas/Okanogan CO FPD #15, 3,340.61
Douglas, Waterville, Douglas CO FPD #1, 2,383.90
Ferry, Kettle Falls, Ferry CO FPD 3 & Stevens CO FPD #8, 897.66
Franklin, Pasco, Pasco Fire Department, 4,030.06
Grant, Ephrata, Grant CO FPD #13, 157.80
Grant, Quincy, Grant CO FPD #3, 2,192.01
Grant, Ephrata, Grant CO FPD #13, 336.72
Grant, Ephrata, Ephrata Fire Dept., 1,988.89
Grant, Grand Coulee, Grand Coulee Fire Department, 2,484.73
Grays Harbor, Copalis Branch, Grays Harbor CO FPD #7, 672.49
Island, Friday Harbor, San Juan COFPD #3, 1,138.08
Island, Eastsound, Orcas Island Fire Department, 5,340.15
Jefferson, Port Townsend, East Jefferson Fire - Rescue, 2,554.94
Jefferson, Port Ludlow, Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue, 3,684.45
King, Duvall, King CO FPD #45, 2,079.48
Kittitas, South Cle Elum, Kittitas CO FPD #7, 5,060.78
Kittitas, Ronald, Kittitas CO FPD #6, 1,575.32
Klickitat, Lyle, Klickitat CO FPD #4, 1,218.42
Klickitat, Klickitat , Klickitat CO FPD #15, 2,848.52
Klickitat, Centerville, Klickitat CO FPD #5, 1,520.08
Klickitat, Goldendale, Klickitat CO FPD 7, 15,937.21
Klickitat, Appleton, Klickitat CO FPD #13, 1,102.50
Lewis, Napavine, Lewis CO FPD #5, 2,597.08
Lewis, Onalaska, Lewis CO FPD #1, 3,861.51
Lewis, Toledo, Lewis CO FPD #2, 1,147.27
Lewis, Morton, Lewis CO FPD #4, 565.73
Lewis, Winlock, Lewis CO FPD #15, 2,393.59
Mason, Shelton, Mason CO FPD #4, 1,265.55
Mason, Belfair, Mason CO FPD #2, 1,725.07
Okanogan, Winthrop, Okanogan CO FPD #6, 3,336.90
Pend Orielle, Newport, South Pend Oreille Fire & Rescue, 1,502.23
Pend Orielle, Newport, Pend Oreille CO FPD #4, 2,722.25
Pend Orielle, Cusick, Pend Oreille Co FPD #5, 1,832.62
Pierce, Eatonville, Eatonville Fire Department, 981.05
Pierce, Elbe, Pierce CO FPD #23, 1,589.52
Pierce, Orting, Pierce CO FPD #18, 530.76
Pierce, Tacoma, Pierce CO FPD #13, 2,615.79
Skagit, Anacortes, Skagit CO FPD #11, 756.13
Skagit, Anacortes, Skagit CO FPD #17, 2,610.30
Skamania, Underwood, Skamania CO FPD #3, 3,105.79
Skamania, Stevenson, Skamania CO FPD #2, 2,882.94
Skamania, Carson, Skamania CO FPD #1, 1,765.93
Snohomish, Arlington , Snohomish CO FPD #22, 2,927.91
Snohomish, Gold Bar, Snohomish CO FPD #26, 2,254.78
Stevens, Valley , Stevens CO FPD #4, 4,863.06
Stevens, Chewelah, Chewelah  Fire Dept, 1,086.60
Stevens, Northport, Stevens FPD #11, 1,051.34
Thurston, Olympia, Black Lake Fire Department, 2,215.59
Thurston, Yelm, Thurston CO FPD #17, 896.55
Thurston, Rochester, Thurston CO FPD #16, 1,589.43
Thurston, Olympia, Thurston CO FPD #13, 71.38
Whatcom, Bellingham, Whatcom CO FPD #4, 5,046.47
Whatcom, Lummi Island, Whatcom CO FPD #11, 502.48
Whatcom, Bellingham, Whatcom CO FPD #8, 1,544.34
Whatcom, Blaine, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, 1,029.56
Whatcom, Blaine, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue, 1,029.56
Whatcom, Olympia, West Thurston Regional Authority, 3,785.75
Whitman, Rosalia, Whitman CO FPD #7, 1,359.27
Whitman, Pullman, Whitman CO FPD #12, 1,537.13
Whitman, Colton, Whitman CO FPD #14, 2,730.54

TOTAL: $152,597.04


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