DNR taking applications for funding to local and rural fire districts; get your equipment now

Fire shelters aren't cheap. DNR's Fire District Assistance grant  helps fire districts to  defend Washington against wildfire. Photo DNR
Fire shelters aren’t cheap. DNR’s Fire District Assistance grant helps fire districts to defend Washington against wildfire. Photo DNR

Wildfires are getting worse in Washington as our resources and equipment are becoming more limited ever year.

That’s where DNR’s Fire District Assistance Program can help. We administer grants and make them available for our local fire districts and departments to obtain more resources.

The application period is open for DNR’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Phase II grants to help fire protection districts and departments in Washington state gear up for wildfire protection. This U.S. Department of Agriculture funding provides a 50 percent match for qualifying fire departments to purchase general fire equipment as well as fund a variety of other eligible projects for improving fire protection.

The grants are available to 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.
  • Serve communities 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 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program closes November 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Grant information, including district eligibility, types of projects eligible for funding, and grant applications, can be viewed at DNRs Fire District Assistance Program.

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