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Senator Murray Announces Funding for Washington Firefighters

Aug 20 2001

Over $200,000 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 $207,661 in federal funds for the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective gear for seven Washington State Fire Departments.

The grants, awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Program, will support departments in Bellingham, Chehalis, Lopez Island, Pullman, Wenatchee, Olympia, and Orient. 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 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 19,700 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 vehicle grants are:

  • Bellingham Fire Department, Bellingham: $35,452
  • Chehalis Fire Department, Chehalis: $19,857
  • Lopez Island Fire Department, Lopez Island: $6,833
  • Thurston County Fire Department, Olympia: $27,900
  • Joint Fire Protection District, Orient: $22,500
  • Whitman County Fire Protection District # 12, Pullman: $84,978
  • Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, Wenatchee: $10,141