Senator Murray Announces Equipment Funding for Washington Firefighters

Sep 17 2001

Over $75,000 in federal FEMA grants will support the purchase of firefighting equipment

(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) today announced the release of $76,500 in federal funds for the purchase of personal protective gear 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 Snohomish County and Bickleton. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray supported full funding for the Assistance for Firefighters Programs.

"Everyday, Washington's firefighters put themselves in harms way to keep our communities and families safe. With wildfires burning across our state, every time we turn on our televisions or open our newspapers, we are reminded of the sacrifices being made. The 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 protective gear and equipment for departments 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 19,7000 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 personal protective equipment grants are:

  • Snohomish County Fire District #5: $54,000

  • Klichitat Company Fire Protection District #2, Bickleton: $22,500