U.S. Senator Patty Murray Announces Funding for Washington Firefighters

Sep 24 2001

$90,000 in federal FEMA grants will support fire prevention programs

(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) today announced the release of $90,000 in federal funds for the development and operation of fire prevention programs for Washington state firefighters.

The funding, awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Program, will support the Oakesdale Fire Department. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray supported full funding for the Assistance for Firefighters Programs.

"Everyday, firefighters put themselves in harms way to keep our communities and families safe. From the recent wildfires across the Pacific Northwest to the tragedies in New York and Washington, DC, we have all witnessed the sacrifices our firefighters make," Senator Murray said. "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 this FEMA grant to support fire prevention programs in Oakesdale."

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.