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News Release
Vancouver Fire Department awarded $439k from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program - 07/31/20

Vancouver, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Vancouver Fire Department a $439,676 under FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The grant will support the purchase of thermal imaging cameras (TIC) to help firefighters see through smoke during fires and sending fire department staff to specialized training in hazardous materials response and incident management.   

“These grant funds are an essential part of improving the life-saving capabilities of the Vancouver Fire Department, allowing us to move forward with replacing vitally important equipment and provide specialized training to our first responders," said Joe Molina, fire chief.  

The grant funding will be used by the Vancouver Fire Department for two projects:

  • $185,861 to purchase 21 thermal imaging cameras. In addition to identifying potential victims in a fire, these cameras help firefighters locate where the fire started and reduce firefighter exposure. Incident commanders at the scene of a fire can also make better informed decisions about where to direct resources when using these cameras
  • $253,816 to support specialized training in hazardous materials (e.g. chemical spills, gas leaks) response and incident management. Training outcomes will also include the development of response plans for addressing hazardous materials incidents.

"The City of Vancouver is grateful for the support of our congressional delegation in securing this grant," said Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle. "Thank you to Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler for the important advocacy and outreach to FEMA in support of the grant application.”

The AFG program is administered by FEMA for the purpose of enhancing the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards, providing critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhancing operational efficiencies, fostering interoperability and supporting community resilience.

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