Grants available for fire protection districts and departments through DNR-administered program

Water tender
This water tender used in wildland fire response by Klickitat Fire District #15 was purchased through a federal grant program administered in Washington State by DNR.

The application process opens September 1 for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program (Phase II) to help fire protection districts and departments in Washington State gear up for wildfire protection. The U.S. Forest Service provides a 50 percent match for qualifying fire departments’ purchases of personal protective equipment and general equipment.

The grants are aimed at fire protection districts and departments in Washington State that respond to wildland fires on private, state, or federal lands and:
• Serve communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents, or
• Serve a community of more than 10,000 residents AND a service area that includes a rural community of fewer than 10,000 residents

The application process for the Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program closes October 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Forest Service offers wildfire equipment through GSA Wildland Fire Program
General Services Administration (GSA) is the federal agency tasked to acquire and distribute wildland fire protection equipment and supplies to all federal agencies, including U.S. Forest Service cooperating agencies like DNR.

GSA and the U.S. Forest Service will allow qualifying rural fire districts to acquire equipment and apparatus at the GSA contract rate. Fire districts must have a cooperative wildland firefighting agreement (FLRA or Protection agreement) with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to join the GSA Wildland Fire Program. Districts can find application instructions on DNR’s Fire District Assistance website.

Also, grant information, including district eligibility, types of projects eligible for funding, and district applications can be viewed on the Fire District Assistance website. Information to participate in the GSA Wildland Fire Program can be found at the same location.

For questions, please contact Tammi Ellerbroek at 360-902-1300 or e-mail at fepp_assist@dnr.wa.gov.

 

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