CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont will present an Assistance to Firefighters Grant check for $482,760 to Cascade Locks Fire and EMS at the Headquarters Fire Station located at 25 Wa-Na-Pa Street on Friday March 20, 2009, at 10:00 AM. The funds will be used to replace their Multi-jurisdictional (Interoperable) Communication System.
In total, Cascade Locks Fire & EMS, Hood River Fire & EMS, Westside Fire, Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue, Pine Grove Fire, Parkdale Fire, and Odell Fire protect 644 rural square miles in three cities and eight communities in two counties and other unincorporated areas in the Columbia River Gorge.
The Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program is administered cooperatively by two FEMA components: the Grant Programs Directorate and the United States Fire Administration. It is designed to help ensure that our nation's firefighters have the basic tools and resources necessary to safely perform their responsibilities, save lives, and continue to protect all residents from fire.
"Our nation's firefighters are the first responders in almost every emergency," said Dennis Hunsinger, Acting Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 10. "The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program presentation on Friday March 20, represents a major effort by the federal government to ensure that the nation's firefighters continue to have the basic capability they need to do their jobs, improve safety, and save lives."
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.