Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) have awarded the Dupont Fire Department more than $116,000.  This one year grant was awarded to enhance their effectiveness by purchasing breathing apparatus, protective clothing and the funds will also be used for increased survivor training.

“This is a great way for the federal government to help out our local communities as these grants provide our local firefighters with the tools they need to do their jobs safely and more efficiently,” Smith said. “Our nation’s fire departments are the first responders to almost every emergency situation and this grant program is one of the ways that we can help to ensure their continued safety as they face a variety of threats.  This is a great program for our local first responders and I’m looking forward to expanding the number of Ninth District applicants to federal grant programs like this in the future.”