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DeFazio Announces $1.7 Million in Grants to Support Firefighting Efforts in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

Sep 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) announced the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded multiple grants exceeding $1.7 million to jurisdictions in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District to assist local firefighting efforts. An additional $1.9 million was awarded to statewide programs. The grants, which come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG), Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER), and the Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) programs, are intended to maintain and increase staffing, improve training, and enhance safety for the state’s firefighters.

“Our firefighters are on the front line of public safety,” said DeFazio. “We must do everything we can to ensure the brave women and men who risk their lives keeping us safe have the best training and most modern equipment available. Southwest Oregon’s firefighters are often called upon to respond to wildfires that have posed a persistent threat to rural communities and economies.  I’m pleased FEMA understands the urgent need for additional resources to assist southwestern Oregon’s first responders.”

Grants were awarded to multiple communities from the three different grant programs as follows:

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) awards:

Williams Fire Protection District: $387,121

City of Lebanon: $879,210

Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program awards:

City of Lebanon: $74,090

Tenmile Rural Fire District: $110,095

City of Junction City: $164,071

Glide Rural Fire Protection District: $82,247

City of Coos Bay: $20,857

Statewide (Department of Public Safety Standards and Training): $429,086

Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program:

Statewide (OHSU): $1,426,096