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$1.5M in fire grants awarded to Tahoe, Truckee fire districts

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Federal grants totaling more than $1.5 million were recently awarded to North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Truckee Fire Protection District.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) retention grant will allow North Tahoe FPD to maintain four full-time firefighter positions that were added following the fiscal year 2013 SAFER Grant award.

Total amount awarded is $976,572 and will pay for all wages and benefits of these four full-time firefighters over two years.

Meanwhile, a second FEMA grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program was awarded regionally to the North Tahoe, Meeks Bay and Truckee districts.

This grant funds the replacement of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units that were aging and obsolete for the districts. These SCBA units will allow firefighters to enter hazardous fire environments with new, standardized air packs. The grant totals $617,512 among the three districts.

Further, two Calfire Volunteer Fire Assistance grants have been awarded to North Tahoe and Meeks Bay Fire for hose and radios, with a combined total of $10,688.00

“This is great news for the fire district, our communities and neighbors,” said North Tahoe Fire Chief Michael Schwartz. “These grants ensure that federal and state tax dollars our taxpayers have paid are brought back to the communities we serve.”

This article was provide by the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. Visit ntfire.net to learn more.