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

With DNR's Phase 1 Grant, fire districts can acquire personal protective equipment like this fire shelter.
With DNR’s Phase I Grant, fire districts can acquire personal protective equipment like this fire shelter.

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, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DNR administers this 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 29, 2016.

The Phase I grant program allows eligible districts to order personal protective equipment and other fire equipment at 50 percent cost through the DNR fire cache. Federal grant funding covers the remaining 50 percent cost. Districts apply online using the Phase I Order, an online shopping cart that allows districts to submit orders directly to DNR. This grant funding helps eligible rural fire districts across Washington state buy new fire and safety equipment.

The application period opens today, March 9, 2016, and closes April 29, 2016. Interested districts can find more information on DNR’s Fire District Assistance Program webpage.

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