Fire District Assistance Through Equipment and Services

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Fire Truck

Surplus engines to WA fire districts

View photos of the surplus engines currently being offered for transfer to fire districts.

Fire District Assistance Program

The purpose of fire district assistance 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.

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

  • Phase 1 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other fire equipment can be acquired annually through DNR fire cache at a 50% cost savings.
  • For 2017, eligible fire districts may place orders beginning March 10, 2017 using the “Phase 1 Order” shopping cart (see link below).
  • Shopping cart prices are listed at a 50% discount. Shopping cart orders are limited to a total shopping cart price of $2,500 (shipping costs are additional).
  • Orders will be accepted and filled on a first come-first serve basis through April 28, 2017, or until funding is expended, whichever occurs first.
  • See the “Phase 1 Grant Information” link below for eligibility and other information.
  • Phase 2 – provides 50% funding for several project types including fire equipment, communications, training, prevention and more. The 2017 grant application period is now closed.

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).

* Grants may not be available every year dependent upon funding. Call 360-902-1300 for details.

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).

Opportunities to obtain equipment through this program may be available to fire protection districts and fire departments in Washington state that:
  • Agree to put the vehicle in service within a year of taking possession.
  • Maintain the vehicle in service for an additional year after placing it in service.
  • Have one of the following agreements currently in place with DNR:
    • Forest Land Response Agreement & Federal Grant Agreement, or
    • Fire District Assistance Agreement
*This program, with a few exceptions, replaces the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) in Washington state.
NOTICE: The Department of Army has changed access requirements to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM).

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 finished using it. DNR no longer assigns equipment to fire districts under this program.

Fire districts that want to dispose of FEPP equipment must complete and submit a FEPP Disposal Form. Follow instructions provided on the form.

FEPP Disposal Form

For assistance, contact DNR's Fire District Assistance Program at 360-902-1300.

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