Murray Announces Funding for Spokane Area Firefighters

Aug 23 2002

Over $360,000 in federal FEMA grants will support training and wellness programs, and the purchase of firefighting equipment

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced the release of $361,041 in federal funds for fire operations and firefighter safety for two Spokane area fire departments.

The grants, awarded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance for Firefighters Program, will support training, wellness and fitness programs and the purchase of firefighting and personal protective equipment for the Spokane Company Fire Department 13 and the Spokane Fire Department.

Senator Murray sent letters of support to the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration on behalf of both Spokane area departments.

"Everyday, Washington's firefighters put themselves in harm's way to keep our communities and families safe. With wildfires burning across the country, every time we turn on our televisions or open our newspapers we are reminded of the sacrifices they make," 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 training and equipment for firefighters in Spokane."

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray supported full funding for the Assistance for Firefighters Program.

The Spokane Co. Fire Department and Spokane Fire Department are two of 354 fire departments that will receive grants in the fourth round of awards under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

Spokane County Fire Department Newman Lake $35,033

Spokane Fire Department Spokane $326,008