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Senator Patty Murray Announces Funding for Spokane, Woodland Firefighters

Sep 10 2001

Over $67,000 in federal FEMA grants will support the purchase of protective gear

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the release of $67,437 in federal funds for the purchase of personal protective equipment for two Washington State Fire Departments. The grants, awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Program, will support departments in Woodland and Spokane. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray supported full funding for the Assistance for Firefighters Program.

"Everyday, Washington's firefighters put themselves in harms way to keep our communities and families safe. With wildfires burning across the Northwest, every time we turn on our televisions or open our newspapers we are reminded of the sacrifices being made. The health and safety of these brave men and women must also be a priority," said Senator Murray. "We must make sure that our firefighters have the most up-to-date equipment to do their jobs safely. That is why I am pleased to announce these FEMA grants to support the purchase of safety gear for firefighters in Washington State."

These awards are part of more than $100 million in grants that will be distributed by FEMA through September 30. The awards include funding for training, firefighting equipment, personal protective equipment, wellness and fitness programs, and fire prevention programs.

More than 19,700 fire departments across the country, both volunteer and career, applied for grants this year, submitting requests totaling almost $2.98 billion.

The Washington State fire departments slated for protective equipment grants are:

  • Cowlitz County Fire Protection District 1, Woodland, WA: $3,719
  • Spokane Valley Fire Department, Spokane, WA: $63,718