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Jaime Herrera Beutler Supports Nearly $1 Million for Vancouver Fire Department

Vancouver Fire successful in landing FEMA grant for $937,000 to replace life-saving equipment, hazmat training

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Washington, D.C., September 9, 2019 | comments
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the announcement that the City of Vancouver had been awarded nearly $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update outdated firefighting equipment and conduct critical training. Through her role on the Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler supported funding for FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. She also formally weighed in with FEMA on behalf of Vancouver’s request for these vital tools.
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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler applauded the announcement that the City of Vancouver had been awarded nearly $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update outdated firefighting equipment and conduct critical training. Through her role on the Appropriations Committee, Herrera Beutler supported funding for FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. She also formally weighed in with FEMA on behalf of Vancouver’s request for these vital tools.

Vancouver was awarded $937,000; the money will be used to replace the fire department’s 107 self-contained breathing apparatus that do not meet the current national protection standard and to support hazardous materials training for its firefighters.

“It’s essential our Vancouver firefighters have the tools they need to carry out their duties as safely as possible, especially in high-risk environments,” Herrera Beutler said. “Knowing that good equipment and proper training are critical when responding to a dangerous incident, I was pleased to help fund the program in Congress and support Vancouver’s request for these critical emergency upgrades.”

“This award will allow the Vancouver Fire Department to replace our entire complement of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), a piece of equipment that is vital to our ability to deliver safe and efficient fire services to our community,” Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina said.

“We would like to thank Vancouver’s congressional delegation for their support in securing this grant, especially the advocacy of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler,” Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle said.

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