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Fire districts face Oct. 31 deadline for DNR grants.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources will award more than a half million dollars this fall through the Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program to fire districts and city fire departments.

This DNR program administers funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Rural fire districts and departments are often the first responders to a wildfire," said Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland. "Their actions can make the difference in containing and keeping fires small. This helps conserve resources and keeps costs down. These grant funds help fire districts and departments in rural communities get the equipment and training necessary to battle wildfires in partnership with state and federal firefighters."

The Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program is open to all fire districts and fire departments serving communities less than 10,000 residents. Fire districts and fire departments serving communities with more than 10,000 residents may qualify, providing their service area includes a rural area or rural community with a population of less than 10,000. The application deadline is Oct. 31, 2007.

Funding can be used for such things as refurbishing vehicles obtained through the Firefighter Property Program, fire equipment, fire prevention, training, clothing, equipment, and some communication devices. Interested districts can find detailed information, including downloadable applications, on the DNR website at:

DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestland. DNR is the state's largest oncall fire department with hundreds of people trained and available to be dispatched to fires as needed. During fire season, this includes several hundred DNR elnployees who have other permanent jobs with the agency, about 350 seasonal workers, and about 500 Department of Corrections' inmates who also participate in suppressing wildfires. DNR also participates in Washington's interagency approach to wildland firefighting.
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Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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