Following the last two years of worst-ever wildfire seasons, many Washington state fire districts have been struggling to acquire, repair and retrofit firefighting equipment that’s been subject to heavy use.
DNR is using $1,000,000 provided by the legislature to better equip local fire districts. The funds are allowing districts to acquire and update their wildland firefighting equipment, which will improve fire readiness and response.
How are fire districts across Washington benefiting?
Over two months, the agency directed grants to rural fire district partners in fire-prone locations near DNR-protected lands and with relatively small operating budgets. Twenty-six rural fire districts are receiving funds to replace old brush trucks, upgrade communications, create new base stations, replace old hoses and fittings to ensure compatibility, provide foam to stretch water supplies, and purchase tanks, both engine-mounted and portable.
Yet, there’s plenty of need still there. DNR was not able to fulfill an additional 20 applications, representing nearly $1,800,000 in identified equipment needs.
You can support your fire district by volunteering or participating in local fundraising efforts.
To learn more about DNR’s Fire District Assistance Program, go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/FireDistrictAssistance.
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