According to a report from The Union, after having already secured a $101,024 grant from the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the community of Washington is now applying for a $200,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which, if approved, will go toward buying a new truck for the Washington Fire Department (WFD).
Part of the Cal OES grant is expected to be used to purchase battery-operated radios for the WFD.
Nevada City, California, Councilman Doug Fleming, along with MD&M Consulting and WFD Colin Stewart, were instrumental in securing the $101,024 grant for the town. They have already submitted another grant request, this one to FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program, for around $200,000.
If awarded, the $200,000 grant would go toward purchasing a new fire truck as well as water pumps that could access the nearby South Fork Yuba River to help fight fires, if needed.
The WFD’s current firefighting engine dates back to 1981.