DNR Fire Engines Get Second Wind
News Date: 
October 15, 2019
   

DNR Transfers Engine to Lewis County Fire District 4

 
As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will present a surplus wildfire engine to
Lewis County Fire District 4, which covers the town of Morton. 
 
Commissioner Franz will take the last ride on the DNR engine before it is officially transferred to the district.
 
When:      Oct. 16, 2019
                   10 a.m.
 
Where:     Lewis County Fire District 4
                   105 3rd St.
                   Morton, Wash.
 
“Local fire districts are an invaluable part of our efforts to reach wildfires early and keep them small,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “Transferring engines directly to fire districts ensures that local communities are better protected and better able to quickly put out wildfires. We are all in this together – all lands, all hands.”  
 
In 2017, the state legislature authorized DNR to transfer ownership of surplus engines to rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas at no cost.
 
The program strengthens the ability of local fire districts to respond quickly to wildfires in their coverage areas. It also benefits DNR, our state’s wildfire fighting force, by reducing response times to wildfires, thereby reducing the potential for larger, more severe wildfires.
 
Last year, DNR provided surplus engines to 10 rural fire districts around the state. This year, the agency is transferring 17 of its older engines.
 

17 Local Communities Receiving DNR Engines in 2019

 
Fire District/Fire Department
County
Adams County Fire District 1
Adams
Chelan County Fire District 9
Chelan
Grays Harbor Fire District 10
Grays Harbor
Jefferson Fire District 5
Jefferson
Lewis County Fire District 1
Lewis
Lewis County Fire District 4
Lewis
Mason County Fire District 18
Mason
North Bonneville Fire Department
Skamania
Okanogan Fire District 10
Okanogan
Pacific County Fire District 8
Pacific
Pend Oreille Fire District 2
Pend Oreille
Pend Oreille Fire District 3
Pend Oreille
Pend Oreille Fire District 6
Pend Oreille
Yakima County Fire District 12
Yakima
Yakima County Fire District 14
Yakima
Spokane County Fire District 5
Spokane
Wahkiakum County Fire District 3
Wahkiakum
 

DNR’s Fire District Assistance Program

DNR’s fire district assistance program provides local and rural fire districts in Washington state opportunities to establish, develop, improve, and maintain their wildland firefighting capabilities.
 
The programs make several types of training, equipment and other assistance more affordable to local fire districts. For more information on the program, visit our website: www.dnr.wa.gov/FireDistrictAssistance.
 

DNR Wildfire and Agency Leadership

The Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, oversees the Department of Natural Resources and its responsibility to prevent and fight wildfires on 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands. This includes supervising the state’s largest wildfire department, which participates in Washington's coordinated interagency approach to firefighting, as well as managing 3 million acres of state trust lands, 2.6 million acres of state aquatic lands, 92 state natural areas, rule administration across 12 million acres of Washington forestlands, and the Washington State Geology Survey.
 
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