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Senator Patty Murray Announces Funding for Pierce County Firefighters

Sep 04 2001

Over $22,000 in federal FEMA grants will support health/wellness program

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the release of $22,500 in federal funds for the development of a health and wellness program for Pierce County firefighters.

The grant, awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Program, will allow Pierce County Fire District 8 to implement a physical fitness and educational program designed to reduce the risk of cardiac arrest, the top cause of death among firefighters in the line of duty. 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. "That is why I am pleased to announce this FEMA grant to support health and wellness programs for firefighters in Edgewood."

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.