Funding for local and rural fire districts is here; apply now

Skagit Fire District 17 engine in service now.
Skagit Fire District 17 engine in service now.

Several factors affect the impact of wildfire in Washington, including the capacity of rural fire districts to maintain and/or increase firefighting resources relied upon for wildfire response.

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

Applications to gear up for wildfire due by Nov. 30

The application period is open for DNR’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Phase II grants. 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 at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2016.

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

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