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DNR Fire District Assistance Program

The purpose of these programs is to provide local and rural fire districts in Washington State opportunities to establish, develop, improve, and maintain their wildland firefighting capabilities. Improving the capabilities of local districts helps defend Washington against wildfire.

These programs can make several types of training, equipment, and other assistance more affordable to local fire districts.

NOTE: Programs use available funds and resources which may vary from year to year.

Ready Reserve Wildland Fire Training
DNR sponsors this wildland fire training with support from the U.S. Department of Interior.

Through this program your fire district may be eligible for:

  • Wildland firefighting courses taught in your community at no cost after meeting requirements and with a minimum registration of 15 students.
  • Instruction by qualified instructors.

Fire protection districts and departments that are not eligible may still register students, but may be required to assist with instructor and materials.

Opportunities for this training may be available to fire protection districts and departments in Washington State that:

  • Have volunteer members.
  • Serve communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents.
  • Border on or include a Department of Interior agency (Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish & Wildlife Service) within its protection area OR currently have a Wildland Fire Response Agreement with a Department of Interior agency. 

Wildland Fire Assistance Grants
Administered by DNR through funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this grant program provides a 50 percent match for purchases of personal protective equipment and general equipment.

The Wildland Fire Assistance Grant Program* is administered in two phases annually:

  • Phase I – Personal protective equipment (PPE) can be acquired mid-March until the last Friday in April. Check back to find the latest prices and offerings in the Phase I PPE Shopping Cart. Phase I is now open until April 25.
  • Phase II – General Equipment Grant Program is open from the first Monday in September and to the last Friday in October. Call 360-902-1300 for details. Phase II reopens September 1, 2014.

* Grants may not be available every year.

Opportunities for these grants may be available to fire protection districts and departments in Washington State that:

  • Respond to wildland fire on private, state, or federal lands.
  • Serve communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents.
  • Serve a community of more than 10,000 residents AND a service area that includes a rural community of fewer than 10,000 residents.
  • Have one of the following agreements currently in place with DNR:
         - Forest Land Response Agreement & Federal Grant Agreement or
         - Fire District Assistance Agreement with Attachment A (Assistance Grants).

Rural Fire Assistance Grants*
Administered by DNR with funding from the U.S. Department of Interior, this program helps rural fire districts and departments meet basic needs for equipment, training, and fire prevention through a 10 percent match. 
 
Opportunities for this training may be available to fire protection districts and departments in Washington State that:

  • Protect rural, wildland-urban interface communities (where homes are built in forested or sparsely populated areas).
  • Play a substantial cooperative role in protecting federal lands.
  • Have fire protection agreements with the Department of the Interior or the State of Washington.
  • Serve communities with a population of 10,000 or fewer residents.

Call 360-902-1300 for details and open registration periods.

*Grants may not be available every year.

Firefighter Property Program*
This program helps fire protection districts and fire departments get fire engines and fire tenders (vehicles that bring water, foam, or dry chemicals to fire trucks in the field) suitable for low-cost conversion to wildland use. Fire districts receive the title to the property. Districts may have to pay the expense of transporting the vehicle from an out-of-state location (about two-thirds of the vehicles located through this program come from other states).

Application period opens June 2, 2014.

Opportunities to obtain equipment through this program may be available to fire protection districts and fire departments in Washington that:

  • Agree to put the vehicle in service within a year of taking possession.
  • Are willing to assist DNR in protecting Washington wildland from wildfire.

*This program replaces the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) in Washington State.

Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP)
DNR maintains biennial inventories of equipment currently on loan to fire districts and helps dispose of FEPP equipment when fire districts are done with it. DNR no longer assigns equipment to fire districts under this program. For assistance, contact the DNR Fire District Assistance Coordinator at 360-902-1300.

Questions or comments?
fepp_assist@dnr.wa.gov

GSA Wildland Fire Program
General Services Administration (GSA) and the US Forest Service have enacted a program to allow qualifying rural Fire districts to acquire GSA fire equipment through the supply system at cost. Fire districts must have a cooperative wildland firefighting agreement, (FLRA or Protection agreement) with DNR to join the GSA wildland fire program. Click here for application and details.

Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, please write to:

USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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 Contacts

Resource Protection Division
General Questions & Information
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1300
Fax 360-902-1757
RPD@dnr.wa.gov

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