Local fire districts receive part of $2.48M federal grant

Two Douglas County fire districts are set to receive part of
a combined $2.58 million federal grant.

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced Monday
that Tenmile and Glide are among 10 Oregon fire districts to receive Assistance
to Firefighters Grants.

“Oregon’s firefighters work tirelessly, risking their
lives to keep our homes, businesses, and communities safe – it is imperative
that they receive the federal support needed to do this important work,”
Merkley said in a news release. “This funding will help ensure that the
dedicated firefighters across the state are well equipped and prepared to keep
protecting the Oregonians they serve in every corner of our State.”

The grants help firefighters and first responders obtain
essential resources to enhance their response capabilities and to protect the
health and safety of the public and emergency response personnel from fire and
other related hazards, according to a news release.

“Local firefighters working hard to protect lives and
livelihoods throughout Oregon deserve topnotch equipment to stay safe while
they’re putting themselves at risk defending communities around the
state,” Wyden said. “The importance of this federal investment in
Oregon is especially timely given firefighters’ heroic work this summer
battling blazes that still threaten our state. I’ll keep battling to make sure
firefighters have the resources they need now and in the years ahead.”

Tenmile Fire District is set to receive $36,341, while Glide
Rural Fire Protection District will receive $11,428.