Applications open March 18 for wildland fire equipment grants to small fire districts and departments

Firefighter demonstrates how to deploy a fire shelter in 25 seconds or less.

Firefighter demonstrates how to deploy a fire shelter in 25 seconds or less.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are offering grant funding to eligible fire districts and departments through the Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program that is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DNR administers the Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program, which is open to all fire districts and fire departments serving communities of less than 10,000 residents. Fire districts and fire departments serving communities with more than 10,000 residents may qualify, providing their service area includes a rural area or rural community with a population of less than 10,000. The application deadline is April 26, 2013.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and other fire equipment can be acquired mid-March until the last Friday in April. Eligible districts can easily select equipment online using the Phase I PPE Shopping Cart. Once the shopping cart is filled out, you will have the option to print a copy for yourself or save it as a pdf. You, then, email the form as directed on your screen.

This grant funding helps eligible rural fire districts across Washington State buy new fire and safety equipment, including newer-style fire shelters for frontline crews.

The application period opens March 18, 2013, and closes April 26, 2013. Interested districts can find detailed information on DNR’s Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program

Firefighter Property Program enrollment begins June 1

This program helps fire protection districts and departments to attain fire engines and fire tenders (vehicles that bring water, foam, or dry chemicals to fire trucks in the field) suitable for low-cost conversion to wildland use. Fire districts receive the title to the property. Districts may have to pay the expense of transporting the vehicle from an out-of-state location. (About two-thirds of the vehicles located through this program come from other states.)

Interested districts can find detailed assistance program information on DNR’s website.

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