Need wildland fire equipment? Applications open today to small fire districts and departments

Charley Burns, a Wildfire Unit Forester for DNR, demonstrates an emergency fire shelter. DNR’s grant funding helps eligible rural fire districts buy new fire and safety equipment like these wildfire shelters. PHOTO DNR


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

DNR administers the grant program, which is open to all fire districts and fire departments serving communities of less than 10,000 residents. Fire districts and 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 24, 2015.

Eligible districts apply online using the Phase I Order Form, and submit the order per directions on the form. This grant funding helps eligible rural fire districts across Washington State buy new fire and safety equipment.

The application period opens today, March 10, 2015, and closes April 24, 2015. Interested districts can find more information on DNR’s Fire District Assistance Program webpage.

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